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J Dilla: Behind the Beat (Poster)

blame it on Shake February 2, 2011

Oh, now this is just (2)dope.

Back in 2005, photographer Raph Rashid was hoping to complete a book of hip-hop home studios by getting pics of J Dilla at work in Los Angeles. Unknown to all but a small circle of people at the time, J Dilla had been in and out of the hospital all year dealing with increasingly serious health problems. It was in summer, during a brief period when Dilla was home, working on his album The Shining, looking and feeling good, when Raph came to take this picture, published with others later that year in his book Behind the Beat: Hip-Hop Home Studios.

I’ve already ordered mine, you should do yourself a favor and cop one yourself.