I was never in favor of quantized grooves to begin with, so quantized vs non-quantized isn’t a thing to me. To me that type of rhythm is an artificial stylistic thing just based on copying what DJs we’re doing. In the hands of some extremely talented players, it sounds hip. But you don’t just reinvent the concept of groove in a couple of years by doing something hip. I’m talking about groove in the sense of African, Brazilian, and Caribbean musicians who invented it, and made it into a high art.Chris Dave is a generationally influential player who has furthered, if not fostered, a movement of legit jazz drummers with hip hop in their DNA. His early incorporation of the Dilla feel is a relatively recent "shiny new object" for drummers who didn't grow up on hip hop, but many of today's jazz drummers have been hip to Dilla for 25 years.
Non-quantized grooves go against everything most of us have ever learned, and I absolutely love that. It's such a foreign concept to me, but it's so cool to have something "new" and fresh to check out, and eventually assimilate into my creative playing.
There's no denying that J. Dilla's non-quantized grooves brought on a seismic shift to the concept of groove, the likes of which haven't been seen in decades.