The late J Dilla has long been heralded as the producer's producer, capturing the ear of many budding talents by providing bumping back-beats for an endless list of legendary artists: from Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quest, to De La Soul, The Pharcyde and Slum Village.

While he's often looked upon as the sonic heart and soul of his hometown Detroit, Michigan, his influence on the evolution of hip-hop production is impressively wide-spread, having touched the styles of beat-makers the world over.

Dilla's sixth posthumous album, The Diary, has just dropped – it's a compilation of unreleased vocals and instrumentals that boast features from Snoop Dogg, Nas and Bilal, and additional production from artists like Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Madlib, and many more.

In the spirit of this album, Complex AU asked some talented Australian artists, producers and entrepreneurs to give us an idea of how Dilla has played a part in their journeys, and what his legacy means to a country an entire world away from his humble hometown.

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