Today we are starting a new weekly series called Anniversary Albums, where once a week we celebrate an album that is celebrating an anniversary.
First up is J Dilla’s “Donuts” which is turning ten this year. Released on February 7 2006, three days before he died, the majority of Donuts was completed while Dilla was in hospital.
Donuts is considered by many to be an experimental hip hop masterpiece thanks to the sampling and beats on display.
The album instead of being a collection of feature-length songs, is made up of short tracks based on small samples, with the 31 tracks coming in at around 43 minutes in total.
Donuts is held in high regard by music critics.
Pitchfork rated it #66 in its list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s. While online music service Rhapsody ranked it the 3rd best hip hop album of the decade.
It is fair to say Donuts helped cement J Dilla’s position as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time.