“Before we get this started, let me explain it. It’s Ruff Draft. For my real niggaz only… Sound like it’s straight from the ma’f*ckin’ cassette!… Let’s do it.” … Thus begins Ruff Draft. These self-produced tracks make up one of the late J Dilla’s least known works during his lifetime. Released on vinyl only in February 2003 this sought-after release was elusive and virtually unknown to the casual Dilla fan until Stones Throw’s reissue in 2007. Recorded in the wake of a failed deal with major label MCA, Dilla returned to solo recordings as a fiercely independent artist with Ruff Draft. These are the instrumentals from the infamous, the official, Ruff Draft.
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