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.
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.
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.
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.
De La Soul have been in a giving mood these past few months. Following their Valentine's Day gift to all their loyal fans, where they let go their entire discography for free, they've returned this month with yet another free project for the fans, Smell The DA.I.S.Y.
Detroit rap group Slum Village has certainly endured a lot in its 18 years. Members have tragically passed on, while others have left the group for various reasons. T3 is the only original member left. But despite all that; the veteran rap group personifies Detroit hip-hop.
The other week for Valentine's Day De La Soul decided to let go their entire catalogue for free download via their website. That alone was generous enough, but when some fans didn't receive their download in a timely manner, De La Soul offered an apology in song-form for that, "Sorry/Thank You."
The Hip-Hop world lost something profound when the legendary producer and member of Slum Village passed away in 2006. Illa J, Young RJ and T3, who compose Slum Village as we know it today, release this song over a previously unreleased J.
Phife Dawg is taking us back for a minute with his new release, "Dear Dilla." The record pays tribute to late producer J. Dilla, while at the same time Phife puts down the current rap scene and style, and reminisces about back-in-the-day. You can read his criticism of our current rappers below.
For those unfamiliar, King Dwight is an emerging artist from San Antonio, Texas. Known as one of the top artists in the Dallas/Arlington area, he works "predominantly in the medium of rapping" but counts producing among his various musical talents as well.