In the world of hip-hop production, few names resonate as profoundly as J Dilla. The Detroit-born maestro wasn’t just a beatmaker; he was a sonic architect, painting expansive landscapes with layers of sound.

Jay Dee’s magnum opus, Donuts , stands as a testament to his genius — a posthumous release that’s dense, intricate, and unapologetically soulful. A hallmark of this masterpiece is the eclectic range of samples Dilla expertly wove into the fabric of the album. From vintage soul cuts to obscure sound bites, each sample tells a story, acting as a puzzle piece in the vast tapestry that is Donuts .

As we delve into the intricate layers of this classic, we’ll uncover and celebrate every single sample that contributes to the legacy of an album that remains timeless in its innovation and emotion.

“Donuts (Outro)”

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“Not Available” by Shuggie Otis

“Stay with Me” by Gary Davis

Workinonit

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“Worst Band in the World” by 10cc

“King of the Beats” by Mantronix

“Six Figures” by Skillz and Ras Kass

“Buffalo Gals” by Malcolm McLaren and The World’s Famous Supreme Team

“The New Style” by The Beastie Boys

“Pee-Wee’s Dance” by Joeski Love

“Sprite: Melonball Bounce” by Raymond Scott

“Yes It’s You” by “Sweet” Charles Sherrell

Waves

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“Johnny, Don’t Do It” by 10cc

“King of the Beats” by Mantronix

“Intro” by B.R. Gunna

Light My Fire

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“Light My Fire” by Africa

“My Thang” by James Brown

The New

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“Whatcha Gonna Wear Tomorrow” by The Detroit Emeralds

“The New Style” by The Beastie Boys

Stop!

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“You’re Gonna Need Me” by Dionne Warwick

“Why?” by Jadakiss

“Six Figures” by Skillz and Ras Kass

People

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“My People… Hold On” by Eddie Kendricks

“King of the Beats” by Mantronix

“Mujhe Maar Daalo” by Asha Bhosle and Laxmikant-Pyarelal

“Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)” by Run-D.M.C.

The Diff’rence

Every Single Sample Featured J Dilla Donuts Kool Gang

“The Fruitman” by Kool & the Gang

“King of the Beats” by Mantronix

“Jungle Boogie” by Kool & the Gang

“Six Figures” by Skillz and Ras Kass

Mash

Lou Rawls

“Golden Apples Pt. 2” by Galt MacDermot

“Season of the Witch” by Lou Rawls

“Dance Contest” by Frank Zappa

Time: The Donut of the Heart

Every Single Sample Featured J Dilla Donuts Sweet Charles

“All I Do Is Think of You” by The Jackson 5

“Yes It’s You” by “Sweet” Charles Sherrell

“Strangers in the Night” by “Sweet” Charles Sherrell

Glazed

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“You Just Can’t Win” by Gene Chandler and Jerry Butler

“Dreams” by Ramsey Lewis

“Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)” by Edwin Starr

“Season of the Witch” by Lou Rawls

Airworks

2

“I Don’t Really Care” by L.V. Johnson

“Bendix 1: The Tomorrow People” by Raymond Scott

Lightworks

3

“Lightworks” by Raymond Scott

“King of the Beats” by Mantronix

“Bendix 1: The Tomorrow People” by Raymond Scott

“Six Figures” by Skillz and Ras Kass

Stepson of the Clapper

4

“Long Red (Live)” by Mountain

The Twister (Huh, What)

5

“Kick the Can Part 1” by Fred Frith

“Cloud Nine (Live)” by The Temptations

“His Name Is Mutty Ranks” by A Tribe Called Quest

“Pee-Wee’s Dance” by Joeski Love

“For Once in My Life (Live)” by Stevie Wonder

“Buffalo Gals” by Malcolm McLaren and The World’s Famous Supreme Team

One Eleven

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“A Legend in Its Own Time” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

“Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)” by Run-D.M.C.

“King Tim III (Personality Jock)” by The Fatback Band

Two Can Win

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“Only One Can Win” by The Sylvers

Don’t Cry

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“I Can’t Stand (to See You Cry)” by The Escorts

“Comedy Routine: Hey Young Lovers / Cloud Nine / If I Didn’t Care” by The Temptations and George Kirby

Anti-American Graffiti

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“Family Tree” by Tin Tin

“Pee-Wee’s Dance” by Joeski Love

“Emergency Program Over-Ride” by David Ossman

Geek Down

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“Charlie’s Theme” by The Jimi Entley Sound

“UFO” by ESG

Thunder

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“Sweet Misery” by Martha Reeves

“King of the Beats” by Mantronix

“For Once in My Life (Live)” by Stevie Wonder

“Who’s Making Love (Live)” by Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers

“I Can’t Turn You Loose (Live)” by Blinky

“Sing a Simple Song (Live)” by The Originals

Gobstopper

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“To the Other Man” by Luther Ingram

“King of the Beats” by Mantronix

One for Ghost

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“To the Other Man” by Luther Ingram

“King of the Beats” by Mantronix

Dilla Says Go

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“Rubber Bands” by The Trammps

“Do Ya Thing” by B.R. Gunna

“No Games” by Jaylib

“Intro” by B.R. Gunna

Walkinonit

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“Walk On By” by The Undisputed Truth

“Six Figures” by Skillz and Ras Kass

The Factory

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“Animosity” by Fred Weinberg

“King of the Beats” by Mantronix

“Mean Old Devil” by Bruce Haack

U-Love

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“Just Because I Really Love You” by Jerry Butler

“Do Ya Thing” by B.R. Gunna

“Intro” by B.R. Gunna

Hi.

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“Maybe” by The Three Degrees

Bye.

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“Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time for Love) (Parts 1 and 2)” by The Isley Brothers

Last Donut of the Night

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“To You with Love” by The Moments

“Rainbow ’65” by Gene Chandler

Welcome to the Show

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“When I Die” by Motherlode

“Stay with Me” by Gary Davis

“Not Available” by Shuggie Otis