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This is a rebroadcast episode of Atlanta’s premier hip hop radio show that aired live on Saturday night 2/8/14 from 10pm-1:00am EST on the 100,000 watt radio station WRFG 89.3 FM just 1 day after the birthday of celebrated Detroit producer & emcee James Yancey a.k.a. J. Dilla.
It was fitting that our special guest on the show this week was none other than Phife Dawg, formerly of legendary hip hop group ‘A Tribe Called Quest.’ Phife & producer DJ Rasta Root spoke on the making of the new single & video for #Dear Dilla that celebrates the life of the fallen hip hop icon. We also discuss Phife’s upcoming album “MuttyMorphosis” which is due later this year.
In addition to plenty of brand new & exclusive music and quality bangers, this turned out to be another stellar edition of the ‘Beatz & Lyrics Show with Jayforce!
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If you missed the Atlanta & Detroit debuts of this special song dedicated to the late great James Yancey aka J Dilla then as of now your wait to is over. Without further ado, here’s the brand new video from Phife Dawg called ‘Dear Dilla’ produced by DJ Rasta Root & directed by Konee Rok.
Thursday night, February 6, 2014, the Atlanta music community came together for a special video premier party, celebrating the new solo release from Phife (A Tribe Called Quest). “Dear Dilla” pays tribute to the legendary hip hop producer James Yancey, aka J Dilla. The single drops in time for the yearly “Dilla Day” celebration of the famed producer’s birthday in February. J Dilla produced classic songs for A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Common, The Roots, and is very notably admired for his solo albums and work with Slum Village. He died from a rare blood disease in 2006.
The new single, “Dear Dilla,” produced by DJ Rasta Root (longtime friend and DJ of Phife and A Tribe Called Quest), is Phife’s first new music in over 13 years. He participated in a Q&A with DJ Rasta Root, video director Konee Rok and independent Atlanta artist 4-Ize (co-star in the video). Also on hand for special performances was rap artist and MC Boog Brown (who performed J Dilla’s material), and DJ Fudge of 5 Star Generals.
Held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema theatre, the video release party played host to many of Atlanta’s music trendsetters, DJs, journalists, music connoisseurs and fans. The video premier was hosted by Jayforce of the Beatz & Lyrics show (WRFG FM). Sponsors of the event included Whole Foods, Jayforce.com, Okayplayer.com, Mono, and Zico Coconut Water . Event production by Riddim Kidz, Smokin Needles, SOciaLight and The Agency.
When Phife Dawg & DJ Rasta Root let me hear this song ‘Dear Dilla’ honoring the late great Detroit emcee & producer J Dilla a short time back I immediately knew it was something special. The DJ Rasta Root produced track provides the perfect soundscape for such an emotional, heartfelt, & sonically superb song.
#dearDilla is an open letter to Phife’s long time friend and producer, the legendary J Dilla (James Dewitt Yancey), who passed away on 2006 from complications of a rare blood disorder.
Just wait until y’all see the video directed by Chicago filmmaker Konee Rok that’s about to drop soon. Trust me it’s a very dope clip featuring cameos from Dwele, Uncle Herm, T3, & more. If you live in Atlanta the #dearDilla video will premier February 6th at the Midtown Art Cinema from 7:30pm-9:30pm with a Q&A hosted my yours truly & it will also premier at Dilla Day in Detroit on February 7th at the Fillmore. This is also the first official single to Phife Dawg’s upcoming album ‘MUTTYmorPHosis’ due later this year.
DOWNLOAD: PHIFE DAWG – DEAR DILLA
We’re just getting started with the week. DJ Rasta Root is just really getting started with the year though. But good things come to those who wait. Good things like this “Face Off Fridays Mix” running all kinds of music from the likes of The Internet, The LOX, Common, Dewle, BIGREC and more! Get it here for the FREE.99 right here.
A-T-L! Stand up… and get dressed and come out to MJQ Concourse for what continues to be the city of Atlanta’s longest running monthly Hip-Hop (and Reggae and Funk, but mainly Hip-Hop) DJ party. Check out what goes down at ‘Faceoff Fridays’ above. That was October (and yes, that’s Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest rocking the mic)… imagine what’ll go down tonight. In fact, don’t. Come through and experience it live with your host Goldie!
Face Off Fridays at MJQ Concourse in Atlanta is celebrating it’s 8th year anniversary. The monthly party has featured hundreds of special guests from recording artists, celebrities, athletes, & more all in the name of good music. The most important element to Face Off Friday’s is the Face Off team, the music, & the overall party itself. Tonight will be no different in Atlanta with many surprise guests scheduled to arrive. JAYFORCE.COM is a proud sponsor of tonight’s party but for now make sure you check out this special mix by DJ Rasta Root to get you right for tonight.
‘I always felt that my duty as a DJ was to break new music and support artists in my hometown scene. This project was the perfect opportunity to do that. I decided to do a mix with all Atlanta artists that have, in my opinion, been working hard at their craft and deserve to be recognized. This project with 4649 Worldwide has allowed the opportunity to showcase some of Atlanta’s rising stars who I respect as individuals and as artists.’
Fifty minutes of mix. Zero minutes of talk. All FREE! All good.
This is the Official video with extended footage and we bring it first AGAIN!
If you live in Atlanta, then you should already know one of the most popular events in the city is “Face Off Fridays” at MJQ Concourse every 2nd Friday of the month. DJ Rasta Root & Jah Prince’s monthly event is heavy on great music & almost always features a surprise guest. This month Talib Kweli dropped in for a surprise set while he was in Atlanta & previewed his new single “Outstanding” featuring Ryan Leslie before hitting the fans with the classics in his catalog.
“DJ Rasta Root and DJ Jah Prince welcome Talib Kweli on his promotional tour for his new album and single ‘Outstanding’ featuring Ryan Leslie. Every 2nd Friday at MJQ Concourse is a best monthly party in the city with MC Ras Goldie and coordinated by Asha from SOciaLight The Agency.” — @FaceOffFridays
Filmed by TheNewContent. Additional footage by Jah Prince. Audio by AJ for Salem Psalms Library
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If you live in Atlanta then you should already know one of the most popular events in the city is “Face Off Fridays” at MJQ Concourse every 2nd Friday of the month. DJ Rasta Root & Jah Prince’s monthly event is heavy on great music & almost always features a surprise guest. This month Talib Kweli dropped in for a surprise set while he was in Atlanta & previewed his new single “Outstanding” featuring Ryan Leslie before hitting the fans with the classics in his catalog.
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Phife Dawg, Maseo Of De La Soul, & Skilled B-Boys Represent For Puma At ‘The Mid’ In Chicago (Video)
On March 2nd in Chicago, Puma held a special B-Boy competition & in-store with Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, Maseo Of De La Soul, & live instrumentalist, DJ, & producer AraabMuzik. Phife Dawg took the time to sign autographs for fans before launching into a 7-8 song performance at The Mid & was later joined by Maseo of De La Soul who hopped on stage to rock with Phife for a few joints. DJ Rasta Root served as the DJ for the evening alongside Maseo before producer AraabMuzik performed a set doing live beat creations & remixes on his beat machine. The video directed by Konee Rock is expertly edited but condensed down & many parts of what took place that night were left on the digital cutting room floor. Overall the turnout was great & it was definitely a good day in Chi-town.
My homies Phife Dawg, Snax, & DJ Rasta Root were out on tour in Europe & during Phife’s sold out show in the UK he mentioned a few things that raised quite a few eyebrows from fans who were in attendance that tweeted about the show. Phife mentions that when he was sick & in the hospital back in 1992 there were only two rap artists at the time that called him to see if he was well & one of those was Heavy D. Phife also mentions that Jive records failed to clear the Lou Reed sample on one of A Tribe Called Quest’s biggest hits “Can I Kick It” so therefore they have never seen any money from the song over the years.
Lacer Headwear x Smokin Shells team up to bring you “Evolved Originality.” This project is hosted by Phife from A Tribe Called Quest. Mixed by DJ Rasta Root. It is a collection of artists that are down with Lacer and Smokin. It also features previously unreleased new music from Phife himself. The incredible artwork is done by Don Rimx. The complete tracklisting is under the hood…
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DJ Rasta Root & Jah Prince’s 6 Year Anniversary of “Face Off Fridays” at MJQ Concourse in Atlanta brought out a large of number of celebrity guests & djs but most importantly record numbers of fans of real music. Ras Goldie held down the majority of the emcee duties for the evening while Jayforce introduced Killer Mike who hopped on stage to perform & alongside legendary West Coast emcee Ras Kass who came on stage to rep for a few bars as well. Guest djs included the Beatminerz, DJ Maseo of De La Soul, & a few others. 9th Wonder & his entire Jamla family, DJ Statik Selektah, Termanology, Joe Scudda, GLC, DJ GreenLantern, & many others fell through & enjoyed themselves as well for the jam packed evening. If you’re ever in Atlanta every second friday of the month make sure you stop by MJQ on Ponce De Leon. This Friday they will be celebrating the birthday of Phife Dawg of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest so expect more madness & surprise guests to come through.
On the latest edition of the Classic Example show with DJ Rastaroot, Jayforce interviews adult film star Lexington Steele who is a Three-Time AVN Male Performer Of The Year, and the CEO of Mercenary Pictures, Inc. Lexington Steele speaks on leaving a career on Wall Street to pursue a career in porn, his mentors in the business, the women, misconceptions about the business, & also starting his own company. This is Part 1 of 4 & we will release the remaining segments every Tuesday during the month of November.