‘Fruitman’ and Dilla Month

I’ve recently been listening to hip hop jazz, and taken an interest in J Dilla, which has led me to a song that I can’t get out of my head. It’s about FOOD, and it’s FUN, so I figured this would be a FANTASTIC place to talk about it.

Hip hop producer J Dilla created “The Diff’rence,” featured on his album “Donuts,” which was released three days before he died in 2006. “The Diff’rence” is two minutes of joy:

It’s a sample of a 1974 Kool and the Gang song called “Fruitman.” Yeah, I’d never heard of it either. But if you thought that two minutes of “The Diff’rence” was a joy, wait ’til you listen to these five minutes of delight that you will NOT be able to get out of your head.

It’s the story of a food truck bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to a food desert, an area devoid of fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods. The beat is great. The music is fun. The excitement over getting fresh produce? Totally relatable. (And as much as we all love indulging, you seriously do feel better when you eat better food.)

February is Dilla Month, marked by fans who want to celebrate the producer who was born Feb. 7, 1974, and died Feb. 10, 2006. Follow the music and life of J Dilla on his official Facebook and Twitter.

Follow Cheryl Sadler on Twitter @sadlercheryl.

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