The photo above is taken from an episode of Waajeed’s Dilla Breaks video series. It’s from the recording sessions for D’Angelo’s second album, Voodoo. Left to right: DJ Premier, D’Angelo, Jay Dee and Alchemist. Late 90s, New York City.
As the title says the photo speaks more than anyone could do with mere words. Jay Dee’s vision struck much deeper chords within the hip hop world than you may think, or realise. I particularly like the fact that Alchemist is in this picture, as he’s someone I feel is too often ignored. As Samiyam put it to me in L.A earlier this year, if you don’t think someone like Alchemist belongs alongside the new school of producers than you are gravely mistaken and you don’t really know shit.
Anyways watch the episode if you never saw it.