Rhythm Roulette With Nottz (J Dilla Edition)

Close friend and collaborator of Dilla, Nottz builds a beat from the producer's sample sources

For nearly 20 years, Nottz has been bringing funky instrumentals with gangster sensibilities. The man’s an absolute workhorse, and as our video team reports, he makes about 17 beats a day. If we didn’t stop him after one round of Rhythm Roulette, we could’ve stayed there all night for another half-dozen.

Picking from J Dilla’s old sample material and production, Nottz comes up with Live Convention ’81 (a live comp featuring Grandmaster Flash), Daft Punk’s remix album Daft Club, and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters. He uses pieces of all three records to reconstruct an entirely new drum pattern, for a glimpse into Nottz’s take on Dilla’s notoriously deep crates. The two were close friends, and Nottz was able to offer a past collaboration, “The Shining, Pt. 1 (Diamonds)” on the recently released The Diary.


Cop the new J Dilla album on iTunes, and check out Nottz’s Rhythm Roulette tribute above.

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