It’s not everyday an original recording of a track from the late, great J Dilla surfaces. The version we know of “Crushin” featured on the producer/rapper’s 2003 EP-turned-album Ruff Draft, but this original version produced by Waajeed for Dilla back in 2002 is slightly tweaked with an edgier, minimalistic HipHop sound.
“We have J Rocc to thank for this one,” writes Waajeed. “I was Djing with Houseshoes in San Fran with Fran Boogie and DJ Mr. E. We heard J Rocc was staying in the same hotel and went to holla at him.
“We were talking about Dilla rarities when he said that he liked that version of, ‘Crushin’ I did. I was like what version!?! He played it and it split my melon!
“I did that beat for Dilla circa 2002 for his MCA project – I assumed he never used it when I didn’t hear anything. Turns out it was the original version that he later remixed himself for his then – newly founded label, Mummy Records.”
Reward your ears, by listening below.