J Dilla

The Modal Souls

The Modal Souls

Every now and then something or someone special will emerge above the rest causing us to pause and reflect on what we are hearing. The soulful darkness of Pete Rock’s creations, the hard-hitting sample-wizardry of DJ Premier, and the ominous resonance of the RZA immediately come to mind - all still following the boom-bap recipe at their core. As much as it is about the emcee, it also has to be just as much about the producer. The canvass they paint is what creates the mood, sets the tone, and triggers our memory as we reminisce on that classic track - or not.