Producer: J Dilla
Album: Lucy Pearl
Lucy Pearl was the short-lived supergroup of cast-offs from A Tribe Called Quest, Tony Toni Toné and En Vogue. Two of the members (Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Raphael Saadiq) worked closely with Jay Dee as part of The Ummah. Fortunately, the collective enlisted Dilla to contribute to their first (and last) album with this remix to “Without You.”
It was actually less of a remix and more of a total gutting of the track. Dilla stripped the over-produced original to bare bones, re-imagining the song with a minimalist approach: muffled drums, cupped keys and the producer himself handling ad-lib duties—yet another instance of a Dilla remix being far superior to its original.