J Dilla is arguably one of the greatest beat makers of all time. On ‘So far to go’ he draws out from the Isley Brothers ‘Don’t say goodnight (it’s time for love)’, a truly fantastic sample. First appearing on Dilla’s Donuts as “Bye,” this instrumental was an incredibly sad listening experience. It’s almost as if Dilla knew he was leaving the earth, and was leaving this gem behind as his final farewell. “So Far To Go” would later appear on Dilla’s first posthumous album, The Shining, featuring Common and D’Angelo.
More than just a song, “So Far To Go” represents the end of an era. It was one of the last beats Dilla completed before passing away, and also marked the last time he’d work with his Soulquarian contemporaries.
Enlisting support from the legends Common and D’Angelo, this song is impossible to ignore. ‘So far to go’ offers the perfect balance between the grit and rawness Detroit / Chicago hip hop; and a neo-soul / R&B sound synonymous with crooner D’Angelo. Listening to this song is very much throwback in the truest sense, music doesn’t sound actually sound like this anymore.