AOTY 2019


J Dilla - Donuts
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2006 Ratings: #6 / 653
User Score
Based on 497 ratings
2006 Ratings: #2
February 7, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Stones Throw / Label
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i have just now realized ive had Donuts as my pfp forever and never rated it
(i know im on a streak of really high ratings. this is my last for the time being.)

It is a cold autumn's night. The wind gently stewed the leaves from their branches outside of my window. There, I sat by my record shelf, looking for ambiance. Eventually, I pull Dilla's seminal work Donuts off the shelf. "Ah, yes, a true classic," I thought, "let's spin this." I proceed to calmly put the vinyl on my player and queue up the next record for sides C and D. I then slouch at my ... read more
This was absolutely genius

J. Dilla truly was a masterful beat maker it's a shame that his illness caused him to depart from this world all too soon.

RIP James Dewitt Yancey
This is a man so inspired that he dedicated all of his remaining strength and passions to creating this masterpiece. Donuts is an ode to Hip Hop, an ode to music production and the love for music.
I finally got around to a Lastfm addict’s favourite record and with a rating this positive, it probably looks a little counterproductive to mention that on any other album, the track Glazed would annoy me: its sample work feels a tad under developed and the vocal scaling near the end borders on grating.

However, it's a testament to Donuts quality that such a point is simply a nitpick when surrounded by the sheer craftsmanship witnessed throughout J Dilla's cult classic release. The fact ... read more
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Track List

  1. Donuts (Outro)
  2. Workinonit
  3. Waves
  4. Light My Fire
  5. The New
  6. Stop
  7. People
  8. The Diff'rence
  9. Mash
  10. Time: The Donut of the Heart
  11. Glazed
  12. Airworks
  13. Lightworks
  14. Stepson of the Clapper
  15. The Twister (Huh, What?)
  16. One Eleven
  17. Two Can Win
  18. Don't Cry
  19. Anti-American Graffiti
  20. Geek Down
  21. Thunder
  22. Gobstopper
  23. One for Ghost
  24. Dilla Says Go
  25. Walkinonit
  26. The Factory
  27. U-Love
  28. Hi
  29. Bye
  30. Last Donut of the Night
  31. Welcome to the Show
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