On Feb. 7, 2006—a decade ago this Sunday—Detroit king J Dilla dropped his seminal ninth album, Donuts. Two days later, he passed at the age of 32 from cardiac arrest.
To celebrate the legacy the rapper/producer left behind—particularly the Donuts-shaped legacy—Fuse chopped it up with A Tribe Called Quest's Jarobi White, Skyzoo, !llMind and DJ Soko. Right off the top, you'll hear the never-before-told story of exactly why Jay Dee named the record what he did. (Shoutout to Uncle Herm with the tasty goods!)
"I will forever be a student of your work; you've changed my life, literally," says !llMind in the clip. Skyzoo offers this touching remembrance:
"Ten years past, but we don't mourn, we celebrate. We celebrate what you did, what you left and what's still here and what we vibing to as if nothing ever changed. The music is forever, the influence on artists like myself and all those around, producers, fans. There'll never be another."
Watch Fuse's Toast to J Dilla above—complete with real donuts—and relive the year 2006 in tons of fantastic ways over at our Class of 2006 page.