J Dilla has moved on from this world, but his family continues to extend his legacy with the release of posthumous projects such as the Motor City LP. This 20-track affair was conceived by Ma Dukes as a “letter to her son.” Thankfully, we get to listen in as well. Stream Motor City below.
Richmond, Virginia’s very own DJ Harrison recently signed with Stones Throw Records. He does a great job of getting us gassed up for his next release with “RollSkate / KalimbaTale,” a two-part reinterpretation of J. Dilla music. Stream “RollSkate / KalimbaTale” below, and purchase Harrison’s previously released Songs About H.E.R. collaborative project with Sir Froderick . . .
Does this man really need any words? The legendary J Dilla will always live and breathe on through his music and his posthumous catalogue has another addition today as his previously unreleased Back To The Crib mixtape from 99-00 see’s the light of day via Boiler Room. Stream the tape below.
Legends collide, as Nas delivers a verse to remember on J Dilla‘s “The Sickness,” which is a bonus track from the forthcoming posthumous album, The Diary. This song, which premiered during Mass Appeal’s SXSW Showcase, features quality verses from both emcees. Pre-order the album via iTunes, and stream “The Sickness” below. THE DIARY TRACK LIST: . . .
It’s still wild to think about the fact that Phife Dawg isn’t with us anymore. He had been working on an album called Give Thanks, and the J Dilla-produced “Nutshell” premiered on Apple Beats 1 radio station. 50% of the song’s proceeds will go to The American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation. Phife’s manager, . . .
He was born on February 7th, 1974 and passed on February 10th, 200 at the age of 32, but the late great J Dilla, real name James Dewitt Yancy, will be remembered for many years to come for his unique, iconic style of production. To honor J Dilla on his birthday, Cookin Soul released a beautiful . . .
While Ursa Major‘s J Dilla-sampling “Around” includes distinct rock and blues influences, he also employs deft lyricism and sharp delivery that will appeal to hip-hop heads. The unique, twenty year old vocalist and songwriter has a knack for catchy hooks and verses that maintain our attention. Stream “Around” below, and enjoy the previously released “Dusk” . . .
Lo and behold, on October 30, over forty rare instrumentals by J Dilla will get released on his forthcoming posthumous release, Dillatronic. The release is going to be provided courtesy of his mother; Ma Dukes, and Vintage Vibez Music Group. The album will be available as a 3xLP set, on CD, and in a variety of deluxe edition packages with T-shirts, . . .
West Coast creative ESSNTL introduces us to another refreshing combination with his latest concoction, combining vocals from Aaliyah‘s “Rock The Boat” and instrumentation from J Dilla‘s “Jay Dee 3” for “Rock The Boat (Jay Dee Remix).” Aaliyah’s laid back harmonies fit right in over Dilla’s eloquent string and sharp percussion; to the point that it almost feels . . .
J Dilla and Nujabes‘ shared birthday has to be one of the most appropriate coincidences in hip-hop history. Many beat makers and artists paid homage to the two legendary creators once more on Saturday. Curbside Jones‘s “Nuillabes” does an excellent job of capturing the indescribable feelings that these two heroes could create. Stream below.
Nas’s “The Season” has been one of the most talked about tracks today, largely due to his use of a beat by the legendary J Dilla- specifically “Gobstoppers,” from Donuts. The track can now be streamed in full cd quality. Nas is currently working on his Def Jam album. Press play and listen to “The . . .
There is no mistaking the influence that producers like J Dilla and Nujabes have had on hip-hop as a whole over the years. In celebration of their immense contributions, UK producer Funky DL serves up his latest offering in the form of jazzy instrumental album February: A Rest In Beats Tribute To The Sounds of . . .
J Dilla posthumous releases are holy grails for some listeners, while others barely even take notice. Generational differences and cultural semantics aside, all recognize the importance that the Detroit producer has had throughout the history of the genre. The latest posthumous Dilla release, “The Doe,” is filled with the head nod-inducing soul that we’ve come to . . .
The legendary Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest pays tribute to his deceased friend with “Dear Dilla.” The Five Foot Assassin is preparing to release a solo album entitled MUTTYmorPHosis in the future, and this is the first single from that project. Phife’s iconic flow is a solid fit for Dilla’s iconic production on . . .
Joey Bada$$ laces J Dilla instrumentation with a dynamic delivery on “Two Lips,” switching the pace up multiple times and harmonizing over the jazzy cut to keep audiences drawn in. This track is the product of Joey linking up with the J Dilla Foundation and Akomplice for this limited-edition single. I’m not sure how I . . .