Possibly but he's always remembered as some real hip-hop, conscious type of dude when in reality he was the exact opposite..and the only reason he is so revered today is because he died because he sure wasn't getting any attention while he was alive, especially from big name artists..Alot of these guys weren't using his beats later in his life, and in a way he was sort of vilified due to Love Movement & Electric Circus, so if he was still around, if you take that plus his very commercial like rapping & such, he wouldn't be loved like he is now
I mean, Dilla was definitely a "real hip hop" cat, he put in lots of work in his music and was so technically dope on the beats. he knew his shit.
But yeah, his lyrics definitely weren't on some "conscious" tip, anyone who puts him in that box never listened to a Slum Village or Jay Dee record.
Busta is one who always held him down though, he consistently got beats from Dilla throughout his career.
I agree that some fans hopped on the bandwagon after he died, that's just the nature of the beast unfortunately. But Dilla definitely got love from those who know their shit when he was alive. I remember they asked Pharell who his favorite producer was on 106 and Park and he said Jay Dee, and they were like "oh word, Jermaine Dupri" And Pharell was like naw, Jay Dee from Slum Village. LOL.
And ?uestlove from the Roots always gave him props as the best. I think the love from the artists who actually love the music is genuine.