As part of their illuminating “When X Met Y” series, Red Bull Music Academy gave Erykah Badu the opportunity to talk about the first time she met the late J Dilla. In her first-hand account, Badu describes the revered producer’s humility and how he taught her how to make a sample. Via RBMA:
He let me pick out some records and there were a lot of things I’d never heard before in my life. One of them was a Tarika Blue record and I was like, “Wow, this is beautiful,” and it became “Didn’t Cha Know.” Not only did he let me pick the record, he let me pick the spot in the record and taught me how to sample the portion of the song. He was very humble. He wasn’t like: “This is my lab.” He was: “If you like this, you can probably do it.” And that’s where I got my first sampling lesson, from Dilla.