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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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J Dilla would have been 40 years old today February 7th. As people around the world celebrate the greatness of the Detroit producer & emcee James Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla, his brother Illa J & the remaining members of Slum Village (T3 & Young RJ), let loose this joint appropriately titled ‘Yes Yes’. ‘Yes Yes’ is fitting as fans are happy to know Slum Village has a new album coming featuring more J Dilla production from the period when he was going by the name Jay Dee. Black Milk & Young RJ are also expected to provide some musical soundscapes as well. Rest in Peace J Dilla Dawg!
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
The album “Sunset Blvd.” (produced by the late great J Dilla) is due out September 17, 2013. But for now, we have visuals to enjoy (directed by Rowe Shot Me) for “The Fisherman” single from the Yancey Boys (illa J and Frank Nitt) featuring Vice, Detroit Serious, and J Rocc.
“In this episode, we celebrate legendary producer J Dilla, who has worked with The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson and A Tribe Called Quest. Then we join musician friends J. Rocc, DJ Spinna, Frank Nitt and Grap Luva in Detroit to open Dilla’s storage locker, never-before-seen to the public. Crate Diggers profiles people with extraordinary vinyl record collections, with owners displaying and telling the stories behind their collections.” – Fuse TV
Fuse TV covers the celebration of life of one of Hip-Hop’s all-time greats – James “J. Dilla” Yancey. Festivities captured in the above footage are from the Detroit, at which folks like Talib Kweli, House Shoes, and J. Dilla’s mom speak on his legacy.
The keeper of J Dilla’s catalog, Frank Nitti, is directing work on the release of a new Dilla project called “The Lost Scrolls.” Here’s the video for the first single off the project, “The Throwaway,” produced by J Dilla himself. Download the audio at the link below.
DOWNLOAD: YANCEY BOYS – THE THROWAWAY FEAT. FRANK NITTI
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Got to give the people what they want… and they always want some J Dilla at the dopest parties. So, since ?uestlove (of The Roots) was behind the tables… J Dilla it is. Check out the video above for a DJ set featuring spins of a few J Dilla classics!
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Bling47 brings us a super rare Slum Village/ J Dilla treat. Previously unreleased music. By unreleased, we mean aside from a handful of folks (most at Slum Village shows in the 1990s), NO ONE has experienced it. As our guide, Detroit producer House Shoes takes us through the music in this video Bling47 calls “Feelin Good” (filmed, edited, and animated by Waajeed)…referencing a rare J Dilla cover of “Feelin Good” (a song made famous by Nina Simone).
The “Rebirth Of Detroit” by the late Detroit great J Dilla is IN STORES NOW (available at FatBeats). This video for his cut “Rebirth Is Necessary” (featuring Tone Plummer and Mr. Wrong) has a rough look to it. But listening to the song, it feels right. Points to Ron Moe and Dirtty Ratt (of Ghosttown Entertainment) for the shot selections, and Rowe Shot Me for the edit, and for keeping the look grimy while embodying a sense of urgency…in keeping with the gritty feel and duress inherent in the song. Respect!
Apani B. Fly has an incredible Dilla dilemma! Apani heat… like this joint “Hey”… was born of… to be heard by… the streets! However, likely due to politics and economics, the song was never released, and will not likely ever be released… commercially. But nowadays NOTHING can stop a virtual (e.g. online) release. And when the piece is this sweet, everybody ought to get a slice at no price! Wow. Before I go too much more Nipsey Russell in this write-up, let’s just end it. Go listen to the UNRELEASED treat “Hey” by Apani B. Fly - produced by the Late Great J Dilla now!
I remember sitting with J Dilla’s mama “MaDukes” when she was filling me in on some of the early details regarding this upcoming Rebirth of Detroit project from J Dilla that was on the way some time ago. Great to see it’s already in motion with this new video featuring Danny Brown called “Jay Dee’s Revenge”. J Dilla’s “Rebirth Of Detroit” project officially drops Jun 12th…..
The J Dilla Foundation, spearheaded by his mother Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, made the trip across the pond to London recently for a special event that raised over $17,000 for the organization & for Lupus UK. Many DJs rocked the London crowd with classic joints crafted by J Dilla through the evening & Detroit’s own Phat Kat even performed while Ma Dukes danced with the crowd as well. Shout out to Doctor’s Orders for the dope footage of the event & make sure you learn more about the J Dilla Foundation & Lupus UK…
While still out in Paris France, Yasiin Bey rocked an exclusive joint on Paris’s Radio Nova program that was produced by J Dilla. Man this joint sounds hella dope don’t you agree?!
Questlove was up at HOT 97 in NY during lunchtime on Friday for their Black Fist Friday mix that’s been going down all Black History Month. The Roots crew band leader took an hour to pay tribute to J Dilla. He couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate time & place to do that…..
“In honor of J. Dilla being one of the most influential producers of all time, I decided to lay a verse to one of my favorite tracks off of J. Dilla’s Donuts. Being from Detroit I feel I have a responsibility to honor his legacy n continue it in my own way. His soul will live forever… RIP J. Dilla” – Big Sean