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Tag Archives: J Dilla
While the Plug One 50’s top 20 albums list is designed to be authoritative (or at least highly opinionated), the top 30 tracks list tends to be a mishmash of random favorites. These are a few songs that caught my … Continue reading
Rapster Records concludes its trilogy of J Dilla’s best tracks with Dillanthology3. Prior volumes focused on his freelance production and his remixes; this one concentrates on his solo work. Set for release on October 13, it should kill speculation by … Continue reading
On June 22, Rapster/!K7 will issue Dllanthology2: Dilla’s Remixes For Various Artists, its second collection of vintage J Dilla tracks. Some fans criticized the first installment, Dillanthology for having too many familiar cuts. But with relatively obscure Dilla remixes for … Continue reading
A new J Dilla album, Jay Stay Paid, is set for release on June 2 via Nature Sounds. Unlike the many authorized and unauthorized Dilla releases that have appeared since his tragic 2007 death, this one is executive produced by … Continue reading
On March 31, !K7 imprint Rapster Records will kick off Dillanthology, a series of compilations dedicated to the late James “J Dilla” Yancey’s work. The first installment will focus on his production for other artists, and include classic singles such … Continue reading
Following a relatively quiet spring, Stones Throw Records has announced an ambitious slate of summer releases.
First up is the re-release of Jaylib’s Champion Sound. Originally released in the fall of 2003, Madlib and the late James "Jay Dee/J Dilla" Yancey’s highly anticipated collaboration drew disappointing reviews and record sales. "Few knew who or what ‘Jaylib’ was, and many of those who did felt that Champion Sound wasn’t given the attention is deserved when it was originally released," notes the label in a press release. Much as it did with J Dilla’s Ruff Draft reissue, Stones Throw has turned the album into a two-CD set with remixes and instrumentals. With luck, its reputation will improve in light of hip-hop fans’ ongoing reassessment of J Dilla’s career. The new Champion Sound drops May 8.
For those interested in Madlib’s Invazions, the enigmatic producer is reviving his Yesterdays New Quintet pseudonym for Yesterdays Universe: Prepare for a New Yesterday, Vol. 1. The story goes that the fictional "band" (Ahmad Miller, Monk Hughes, Malik Flavors, Joe McDuphrey and Otis Jackson, Jr.) has broken up, and this is their final album. It drops July 3.
Ruff Draft is the first of what will undoubtedly be several reissues, retrospectives and compendiums of posthumous material by the illustrious late producer James “J Dilla” Yancey. Continue reading
February 7 would have been James Yancey’s birthday. Instead, one of hip-hop’s great producers died three days after his 32nd year on Feb. 10, 2006 and then achieved a most bittersweet triumph with two posthumous albums: The Shining and Donuts. … Continue reading
Want more music from James "J-Dilla" Yancey? Hot on the heels of Donuts, one of the best-received independent hip-hop albums of 2006, Stones Throw will add another J-Dilla release to its catalog. Like Donuts, Ruff Draft is an instrumental album that highlights the late producer’s musical prowess. It’s scheduled for release on March 6.