Apple Music scored for a 48-hour exclusive of Snoop Dogg's 14th studio album Coolaid. Fortunately for all those who don't have Apple Music, Snoop has been rather generous with releases ahead of the formal album drop on Friday. Wednesday afternoon he dropped "My Carz," an homage to his fleet of whips.
J Dilla’s posthumous album released a couple weeks ago, giving us an in-depth look at J Dilla’s emcee skills as well as his production chops. However, those production skills are what Dilla became known for, and we’ve also been blessed with new instrumental work from the deceased beat maker.
J Dilla Feat. Nas
The Diary, J Dilla's nearly lost vocal album is finally getting an official release, and before it hits stores this Friday, we've been treated to the release of one of the project's most anticipated tracks. If you've been paying attention, you'll know that "The Sickness" was premiered during Nas' headlining set at the Mass Appeal SXSW showcase, but now it can be heard in its full quality glory.
It's a great time to be a J Dilla fan. Dilla's mother, the lovely Ma Dukes, has been doing a great job of making his (previously) unreleased music available to the public.
J Dilla Feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane
Unfortunately, there was no Views from the 6 edition of OVO Sound Radio tonight, as some had suspected. However, another episode of Dre's exclusive-packed show "The Pharmacy" went live on Beats 1 radio, and the Doc didn't disappoint, as he premiered a new track off J Dilla's upcoming posthumous album The Diary. It's fitting that Dre got the exclusive drop on Dilla's "Gangsta Boogie," as the track features two West Coast vets in Snoop Dogg and Kokane.
Find A Way [Throwback]
A Tribe Called Quest
Hip hop lost a real one when Phife Dawg passed away earlier this week at age 45 after a lengthy battle with diabetes. It is only right that we honor Phife Dawg with picking a ATCQ track for this week's #TBT track. It was tough to go wrong here but we chose "Find A Way" off the group's fifth and final album The Love Movement.
J Dilla's celebrated swansong, Donuts, just turned 10, but even a decade later, we're still getting posthumous releases. The next release from the producer and rapper is The Diary, a vocal album he reportedly made around 2000, but was never released. Today we've received the intro to the project, which, as promised features Jay Dee laying down some bars. The rest of the project will be on its way April 15th through Mass Appeal records, and is set to feature Nottz, Boogie, Snoop Dogg, Kokane, Bilal, and more.
J Dilla's mother Ma Dukes made a lot of hip hop fans happy when she announced, in conjunction with Vintage Vibez Music Group, that she would be releasing Dillatronic, a new album with over 40 unreleased electronic-influenced Dilla instrumentals.
Probably the best hip hop news to surface this week was the announcement of a new J Dilla album called Dillatronic. The album is due out on October 30 and will feature OVER 40 unreleased, electronic-influenced Dilla instrumentals.
Slum Village Feat. De La Soul
In a couple weeks, Slum Village will release their new album Yes!, featuring guest appearances and production from J Dilla, BJ the Chicago Kid, Jon Connor, Phife Dawg, Bilal, J Ivy, and others. Before it arrives on June 16, the duo decide to come through and share another leak off it first called “Right Back”. With production from the late J Dilla and a guest verse from De La Soul, “Right Back” is something true hip hop fans should definitely appreciate. Suggest giving this one a few listens. Thoughts?
T3 is now the only founding member left in Detroit's legendary Slum Village. The remaining two are Illa J (the younger brother of the late, great founding member J Dilla) and producer Young RJ. The three put out Evolution in 2013, the first S.V. album in three years, and last year, they gave us Vintage, an EP that features posthomous productions from Dilla. Now they're back with "E(I)GO," the first single off their upcoming album, YES, which is set for release later this year.
The Season (Remix)
J Dilla's "Gobstopper" beat has been sitting around for years, with a few enterprising individuals dropping bars over it in years past, but now that Nas copped the instrumental for his new track "The Season," you can bet that he'll inspire new takes on the 2006 track. Fittingly enough, it's AZ, Nas' old collaborator, who steps up to remix it first.
Privaledge takes on J Dilla's acclaimed "Stop" instrumental (also used on Usher's "Throwback" from Confessions) for "One." The last time we heard from Privaledge was on "Pillow Talkin'." Compared to that street single, this one is much smoother--less intended for the whip and more so for the headphones. It emphasizes Priv's versatility as an artist.
We knew this was coming. After previewing the new, J Dilla-produced joint "The Season" at a Run The Jewels album release event in Brooklyn last night, God's Son drops the official version on his Audiomack account.
Slum Village Feat. Kam Covert
Slum Village are readying a free EP, Vintage, for release later this year. They've previously shared "We On The Go," which featured Black Milk and Frank Nitt, and now they've unveiled the similarly-titled "We On," starring Kam Covert on the hook.
J Dilla may not be around anymore, but with his large stash of unreleased music, it doesn't always feel that way. J Dilla's mom, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, always makes sure her son is properly represented with posthumous releases and tributes. Her latest endeavor is to release a new box set for Dilla, containing 40 cuts, it's called the The King of Beats. Included within the box set are: four 10 inch vinyl records featuring music from Jay's Batches and one special edition cassette containing four unreleased tracks.
On last month's Record Store Day, deceased production legend J Dilla was honored by the Give Them What They Want EP, a collection of six tracks from the scrapped vocal album The Diary. Recorded between 2001-2002, "The Doe" is the latest song that Rappcats Records has shared with us from the EP.
Jay Dee Rhodes (Electric Piano Solo Remix)
Veteran DJ/producer House Shoes, who also happens to be Detroit's Hip-Hop Ambassador To The World, is currently hosting a J Dilla remix challenge, inviting participants to flip the late producer's "Electric Piano Solo" interlude, from his 1997 EP Unreleased.
Give Em What They Want
J Dilla is easily on of the most celebrated producers of all time. He has a very high stan-to-fan ratio as well, which means the people who listen to him, are generally pretty obsessed with him-- and for good reason. Luckily for the beatmaker's loyal following, Dilla was sitting on a considerable amount of unreleased material when he tragically passed away, with another new effort due out next month. "Give Em What They Want" is the first taste of The Diary, a collection of unreleased Jay Dee vocal tracks from the early 2000s.
O' Shut Up
De La Soul
Today De La Soul gave us some new music to digest, with the release of a BitTorrent bundle comprising of a eleven new mixtape cuts (all with vintage J. Dilla production), an audio letter, a J. Dilla documentary and some wallpapers. The mixtape Smell The DA.I.S.Y. is available for download on HNHH here.