[Interview] A Conversation with Jordan Ferguson, Author of 33 1/3’s Book on Dilla’s Donuts
Interview by: Martin Bauman I'm going to make a broad assumption and guess that if you're reading this, you probably know who J Dilla is. For that reason, I'll skip the introduction. For a better idea of Dilla's magnitude, let's just say this: there aren't a lot of people walking around with t-shirts that say "Swizz Beatz changed my life." For that level of respect, it takes a special kind of producer. Last year, word started spreading that Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 book series would be releasing a volume on Dilla's iconic album, Donuts. As can be expected, questions from skeptical hip-hop heads followed: who the hell is Jordan Ferguson? What gives him the authority to tell Jay Dee's story? Seeking to answer these questions, we caught up with the Canadian author to talk in-depth about the book, his upbringing in the shadow of Detroit, and of course, all things Dilla. Read the interview after the jump.