James Dewitt Yancey, AKA Jay Dee, AKA J Dilla would have turned 41 today.
One of the most influential producers of modern hip-hop and soul, he was a musical genius, inspiring artists in all genres of music with his ability to make the most perfect beats.
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.
While the Dilla Day celebration was already announced to be taking place in Miami this year as a full weekend,it's now announced to be taking place in Los Angeles as well. The event is scheduled to take place in Miami February 5th through 8th, as well as taking place February 13th in Los Angeles.
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
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.
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.
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.
Run The Jewels are earning critical-acclaim from just about every major publication for their new Run The Jewels 2 LP, but the biggest story to come from their fan appreciation night came from an entirely different hip-hop act: Nas.
Though he passed too early, J Dilla's legacy continues to live on. The celebrated producer will be honored in the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian, where some of his musical equipment will be on display.
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.
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.