Donuts (studio album) by J Dilla

Donuts
Donuts by J Dilla
Year: 2006
Release date: 2006-02-07
Overall rank: 425th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 406 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 2006 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (74th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (425th)
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Donuts is ranked as the best album by J Dilla.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 406 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.4/100, a mean average of 80.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.3.

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From 06/15/2020 23:23
Donuts is an incredibly sad last effort by J Dilla. This album is amazing.
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From 11/04/2019 00:04
On the 7th of February 2006, after around 4 months of label disputes J Dilla's 'Donuts' was finally released.
3 days later he was dead.

Donuts is so much more than just a beat tape, it's the final swan-song of a dying man who felt that in his final moments he had to push himself into making something worth being remembered by. 29 out of the 31 tracks were recorded from a hospital bed in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with nothing but an Boss SP-303 small 45 record player his friends had brought him as a gift, Dilla was undergoing treatment for TPP and lupus, records that his mother would bring him were used as the sources of the sampling for the album. It's a common complaint that all of the songs here are too short and fleeting, but to me it's perfect. It's sort of hauntingly symbolic of how life itself is too short and fleeting, but personal meaning aside, every song here is so lush and beautiful, tiny little details are spread across all 31 tracks, it's impossible to listen to them and not hear something new. I wish they could go on forever. I really do.

I am not worthy of listening to this. I can't even believe this thing exists. I listen to this and I think about how terrifying death is, how scared Dilla must have been. there are no words to describe how breathtaking this music is.


fuck.
RIP.
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From 03/20/2019 13:45
One of the records that got me into listening to hip hop music in general.
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From 12/06/2018 00:55
good album to listen to while studying.
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From 08/20/2017 21:54
The essential beatmaking record. It's all there for you.
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From 08/06/2017 19:58
The beat bible, made by the beat master himself, J Dilla. Full of beautiful little beats, made with genius techniques that worth reading up on. Most of the album was made while he was fighting a rare blood disease that would kill him three days after Donuts' release. Thankfully he left us with this masterpiece.
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From 02/26/2016 18:50
This is probably my favourite Hip hop album of all time next to other classics like Liquid Swords and Madvillainy. I still can't help to listen to this masterpiece once a week.
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From 02/01/2016 17:16
Reading up on the making of this album made it so much more personal and hardhitting.
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From 07/17/2015 21:35
One of the most personal and beautiful albums I have ever heard. You feel as if you are in the hospital room with him while he crafts every beat and plays it for you. Simply just beautiful.
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