This video of House Shoes breaking down J Dilla‘s beat for Crustation – “Purple” is kind of a stop the press moment for me, personally. Copped the 12″ of this track–including the ‘A Tribe Called Quest edit’, officially credited to The Ummah (read: Dilla) at Dub Spot circa 1997 and it has been possibly my favorite Dilla beat ever since, so any DVD-extras type info about George Duke‘s original (“North Beach” off the album Faces In Reflection) and general fetishizing of the beat is must-watch TV for me. In fact, the beat tape Shoes describes as his first listen of this track sounds like it would be my holy grail with the pre-release versions of this, the JayDee remix of Keith Murray – “The Rhyme” and (I am fantasizing now) Janet Jackson‘s “Got ‘Til It’s Gone” remix. Wish Shoes and Waajeed (who can be heard interjecting from the other side of the camera) went a little deeper on the actual flip of that incredible, fat-cheeked bassline and immortal vibes on “Purple” but what they lose in musicology they make up in more Dilla lore. Specifically Shoes does a quick rundown of Dilla archivists who really have the goods, a ‘holy quartet’ comprising J Rocc, Karriem Riggins and present company. Oh and ?uestlove (“You know ?uestlove ass got storage been full of…one section of that is just stuff Dilla touched.”). Watch below and breath in the groove dust for yourself.
props to B47