- Includes tracks unreleased in 2003, as well as instrumentals
- Comes with booklet complete with never before published photographs from the Ruff Draft photo session
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The Jay Dee reissue train rolls on with this latest gem unearthed from the late beatsmith’s vaults. Ruff Draft, of course, is one of the classic Dilla releases. It finds J at once focussed and playful, crafting beats of minimal brilliance and making some daring production choices. The record also marks the moment Jay announced himself to the world as a deft MC - though he had stepped to the mic before, this record is cited as the moment when he became known as a rapper beyond his native Detroit - and paved the way for his all-conquering Madlib collaboration Champion Sound. This version includes some alternate takes which J held in high esteem, as well as instrumentals. It also comes with a booklet which contains previously-unseen photographs and an essay by prominent Dillaphile Ronnie Reese.
- 1 Intro J Dilla 0:19
- 2 Let's Take It Back J Dilla 0:30
- 3 Reckless Driving J Dilla 0:30
- 4 Nothing Like This J Dilla 0:30
- 5 The $ J Dilla 0:30
- 6 Interlude (feat Dank) J Dilla 0:30
- 7 Make'em NV J Dilla 0:30
- 8 Interlude J Dilla 0:30
- 9 Crushin' (YEEEAAH!) J Dilla 0:30
- 10 Shouts J Dilla 0:30