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From the basement to your whip, Ruff Draft
has that durrty sound that one would hear on a cassette tape bangin’ out
of the speakers while driving down the main drag. Originally released in
February 2003 on J-Dilla’s newly founded label, Mummy Records, and
distributed by the German label Groove Attack, Ruff Draft was an album
that only die hard Dilla fans knew about. It was a rare release on vinyl
that Stones Throw officially re-released as a deluxe 2-CD set with bonus
vocal tracks, instrumentals, and interludes in March of 2007.
Progressive, in-your-face synthesizers, fuse together with an
uncharacteristic samples with a heavy approach that was as bangin’ as it
was experimental. This solo album has often been regarded as the turning
point in Dilla’s career. Dilla moved from his native Detroit to sunny
California where he finished Ruff Draft and went on to make classic
albums such as Jaylib-Champion Sound and Donuts. "Crushin' (Yeaaaaah)"
and "The Money" are a couple of my favorite tracks off the album. "The
Money" is an essential song for anyone out there hustling trying to make
sure they have their chips stacked right. It has a grimey beat that
shows us how we’re all just pawns in the game of life and that it’s all
about survival. Another notable track is a bonus track, "Take Notice,"
which features another Detroit native, Guilty Simpson. This head bumpin'
track instantaneously starts off with just the beat to get you into the
groove then Simpson's voice comes in to take you on a journey once again
proving that he is a diamond in the rough when it comes to his flow.
"Fuck The Police/We can lose a few/ we got enough of them." Get your car
stereo ready because this is one album you will be bumpin’ all summer