Kachinga releases tribute track “Donuts (We Go Trips)” in honour of J Dilla
London, ON – London-Winnipeg artist Kachinga just dropped a new album teaser titled “Donuts (We Go Trips)” off the upcoming Sky Falling album.
Produced by Neemz Beetz of Lavacru, “Donuts (We Go Trips)” is a tribute to J Dilla and his studio album Donuts, which originally released more than a decade ago on Feb. 7, 2006. This track serves to pay respects while allowing Kachinga to throw his own flavour into the mix. Listen to “Donuts (We Go Trips)” below, and check out our Q&A with Kachinga after the jump.
HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me what this song means to you on a personal level.
Kachinga: J Dilla is legendary. A lot of my favorite artist have learned from the school of JD; from Kanye [and] Common, to Talib Kweli. My brother and producer Neemz Beetz of Lavacru loves Dilla and brought me the beat and we just had to do something. We decided to do an ode as a thank you for the influence. A sharing of energy, if you will.
HipHopCanada: What was your vision for this track? and how did you want it to be received?
Kachinga: The vision for this track was to pay respects to J Dilla in a way that could be heard across genres; something new to listen to [other] than the current sound that is out.
HipHopCanada: Tell me about the first time you ever heard Donuts.
Kachinga: I’m not sure it is possible to describe the feelings of first times with Dilla. I do remember that Neemz gave me Dilla’s The Shining album [and] told me to go listen to “E= Mc 2”. And then my other friend Ashy gave me Donuts and made me listen to “Gobstopper”, and all this happened within the span of a month. So I really had no choice but to fall in love.
HipHopCanada: What’s your all-time favorite Dilla track and why?
Kachinga: My favorite Dilla instrumental is “Gobstopper”. But as far as song goes, I have to give it up to “So Far To Go” with Common and D’Angelo. That whole track just works, and it fits nicely on Common’s “Finding Forever” album which came out as an ode to Dilla, as well.
HipHopCanada: “So Far To Go” is also my own favourite Dilla track! That’s dope! I think it’s always quite an interesting challenge when guys make homage tracks. Because you have to pay respects to the artist while still bringing your own flavour into the mix. Thoughts?
Kachinga: I think the question kind of answers itself. It is risky to do homages. But I think that if you do pay respects to the artist by keeping their best pieces intact and then really be you on top of that, some great art can be made.