Genius is frequently misunderstood. In the case of producer J Dilla, a/k/a Jay Dee, it has been remarkably undervalued. Never mind that Dilla-helmed classics like the Pharcyde's 1995 "Runnin' " conceived the blueprint for the so-called neo-soul movement, keeping folks like India.Arie and Erykah Badu in headwraps and endless supplies of Nag Champa. Dilla—whose summer-soft loops (see Slum Village's 2000 "Tell Me") and punch-drunk percussion (see Q-Tip's 1999 "Let's Ride") went on to influence everyone from Kanye West to Just Blaze to Pharrell Williams—didn't get any real recognition until after his death... More >>>