Kitty, a.k.a. Kitty Pryde, in a recent interview with HipHopDX, recently admitted to receiving death threats because of her use of a J Dilla beat on her project. She responds candidly concerning the perpective of those who would vilify her for using a Dilla beat as if it was sacrilegious or something to the sort.
She also iterated that her fan base would not have a clue about the origin of that track or even know who J Dilla was.
The following is an excerpt from the manuscript of the actual interview of Kitty by DX:
DX: [Laughs] I can try. I think there’s a real entrenched concept of the scope of Hip Hop within parts of its audience, yet the music itself is always changing. You and Riff Raff open up that scope of who’s allowed to digest and reprocess Hip Hop. And I think some people have an issue with that because of the perception of what you two represent. Whether or not people see the value in that is a completely different issue, but I think it goes back to people’s notions of what should or shouldn’t exist within Hip Hop’s framework. Instead of watching it develop, parts of the audience feel inclined to defend it, to maintain what they believe to be the form’s essence.
Kitty Pryde: That does make sense. It’s the same people who have these notions of Hip Hop who are always preaching, “MF DOOM is the God” or “Worship Dilla” or whatever. I have songs over their beats, and people like that will send me death threats. I actually got death threats for using a J Dilla beat for a song that I didn’t even release.
If 16 year-old girls are listening to my songs, they have no idea [I’m using those beats]. They like Taylor Swift and they also like me. That happens a lot, but they’ll hear my song and be like, “Oh, produced by MF DOOM. Who’s MF DOOM?” Then they’ll hear him and that’s cool, but that makes a lot of people mad too.