Kanye West Talks J Dilla’s Influence on His Work in Stones Throw Documentary

Coinciding with this week's DVD/Blu-ray release of The Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, Rolling Stone has unveiled 30 minutes of outtakes from the piece. Around the 24:00 minute mark, you can catch Kanye West opening up on J Dilla's influence on his work:

"It’s amazing: How could we lose Biggie, Pac, Dilla, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson? It almost feels like the devil’s winning. We gotta make music and we think, 'If Dilla was alive, would he like this?' I have to work on behalf of Dilla. When I put a weird-ass Jamaican sample, it works at first but it’s not until I put the [makes discordant musical noise] that it sounds like art or sounds slightly wrong. And now it’ll go to the radio now that it’s wrong, motherfucker. Now play this. Play this five-minute song that completely fucks up your programming. Play this. It's best respect that we can pay to great artists that have inspired us so much is to never fuckin'...never sell out."

A couple of minutes earlier, the clip finds Kanye talking about Madlib providing beats for his "the next projects." There;s also a brief interview with Tyler the Creator included in the film. Watch above.

By: Petar Kujundzic / Behind The Scenes / May 29, 2014 / 7535 Views / Source: Pitchfork
  • Nate Dillard

    "Rest.In.Power. to J-Dilla the timeless legend...and lets give a salute to Kanye, the true musical genius of our generation"

  • sof

    Kanye please put those Madlib beats on the next album!!

  • http://Greyskull.us/ Greyskull.us

    dude starts off the joint saying "welcome to san jose the birth place of hip hop". nah fam.

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  • cuh

    like how this a p b documentary or stoneesthrow but you put kanye on itnlike its him jus talking

  • Dillon

    Seriously? Kanye is the musical genius of our generation?

    He´s a damn rapper. How about bands 10x talented such as Radiohead etc.?

  • http://Greyskull.us/ Greyskull.us

    anything to back that up?

  • NicholsAccomp

    Very powerful 14 seconds of Kanye.

  • asdfsdfasdf

    Rap is arguably the most illuminating, complex, metaphorical, and infinitely educational form of music

  • j

    whats the song at the end?

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  • Dillon

    Many people would disagree.

    Rock is the core of music.

  • Drew

    Now I remember why I am a Kanye fan.

  • Damn

    Hol up hol up hol up. Clearly we all come from different places but I know for damn sure that ain't true. How can rock be the core of music when it was never the beginning of it.

  • coach jenkins

    Shows how much you know. smh
    He's is a producer first. Check the resume.

  • Aaron Wnioc Black

    "rock" has not evolved since Radiohead.

    "rap" on the other hand has never stopped evolving

  • Dillon

    are you serious?

    rap was at its highest level lyrically with Pac, biggie and NWA who actually had good lyrics independently of musical genre. Kanye's had some good lyrics during his early days but the bullshit he sings about now is 90% materialism and hoes, most other rappers are super generic as well.

    I aint saying the sound aint good, Kanyes a damn good producer and all that... but if you think his lyrics are deep - it really belong in the phenomen "I am 14 OMG and this is soooo deep"

    This, being Hypetrak, is of course naturally skewed to the hip hop crowd. If you go outside and ask the general public you would get people agreing with rock

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