Posts Tagged ‘j dilla’
I told you we would had more Stones Throw stuff for you! I hoped to get this posted sooner but real life got in the way again so without further ado here is a digital version of J. Dilla’s Donut Shop.
Check out the download link and link to an interview with the head of Stones Throw Peanut Butter Wolf (courtesy of Hypebeast) below the break.
I can’t end off the day without mentioning the anniversaries it marks: the 10th anniverary of Big Pun’s passing and the 26th birthday of an idol of mine, J Dilla. I’m going to keep it honest and say that although I’m a fan of Big Pun and some of his songs, I don’t know nearly enough about him to write a commemorative post for the punisher, so I’ll stick to what I know and focus on Mr. Yancey.
J Dilla was truly an iconic figure in hip-hop, and as tragic as it seems, that became the clearest when he passed in 2006. I remember turning on MuchMusic (the Canadian equivalent of MTV) and seeing all day long reports and montages about J Dilla. The fact that a major television network was devoting so much time to someone that the vast majority of mainstream music listeners probably never heard of before was testament to his impact on hip-hop’s history. As his beats continue to slowly come out of hiding (one of the latest ones being on Mickey Factz’s “Big Trouble In Lil’ China”), their value nears closer to priceless since there will never be no one like James Yancey again. From the swarm of kazoos on “Geek Down” to the head-banger that is “E=MC2″ (which you can listen to above), those gems will continue to live on for years to come. As cliché as it may sound, J Dilla truly did change our lives.
I have to hand it to Mickey because the dude has been impressing lately with his recent work. First, we got the Dark Phoenix mixtape, which has been severely slept on, and now this song which follows up with the same quality. J Dilla handles the beat and that is all that has to be said on that front. Mickey also throws in some great lyrics with double-entendres and vivid metaphors. Take a listen to this and if you’re feeling it go back and get that tape too.
EDIT: I wrote this and then saw he just put out his remix of Raheem DeVaughn’s “Bulletproof” too so grab that download and listen to the “Donuts Freestyle” below the break.
I am a little late on this but it is going up anyways. Nando takes a beat from Dilla himself and adds some rhymes over the top of it. We haven’t got a new song from Nando in a minute, or at least it seems that way to me but he has been talking of getting a studio so hopefully he is saving for that and then we get flooded with them. I need to reacquaint myself with the Donuts album though, it is something I have been meaning to do for a while now.
Jay Electronica is not someone I normally listen to but it is a slow day and I have liked a couple tracks of his in the past so I gave this a shot. The rhyming is some of the better stuff I have heard from Jay and I liked his steady, deliberate flow. J. Dilla produced this track too which was done while he was alive and it was initially supposed to be for Jay’s album War With the Dragon. Grab the link below and let me know if you’re feeling it.
The summer of the Wu continues and will be ending soon enough with the highly anticipated Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2. This video is highly entertaining, even if you aren’t a big Wu fan I don’t see how you can’t appreciate the originality of this animation. Dilla also murders this beat and it is by far my favorite Wu track of the summer on all the individual and collective albums. There is just members going in left and right over the classic sounding track and even old kung fu movie clips spliced in just like it was the 90’s again. Go grab this album September 8th because I can’t see it being a disappointment.
Raekwon ft. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man – “House of Flying Daggers” (Prod. J Dilla)
The summer of the Wu is back and this time for Raekwon’s album they are rhyming over a Dilla beat and they destroy it. This is the type of stuff that got a lot of people into Wu-Tang in the first place and I am glad to see that the Chef is bringing the heat for OB4CL2. I have been liking a lot of the stuff that has been dropping from them both individually and as a group but this song could be my favorite of the summer from any of them. If these are the songs that are gonna be on his album then I think it is safe say that it will be a worth sequel to the original.
Here is one more reason to go buy the Jay Stay Paid album which dropped today. I am loving who Pete Rock chose to perform on these, not that he would ever do it wrong, but it is so cool that somebody got it so right. But if the two rhymers being featured with him didn’t make you want to go buy the album then I suggest you read this article here explaining how the money from this album will help Dilla’s family now that he is gone. According to a HipHopDX interview with Dilla’s mother, aka Ma Dukes, that Vibe article linked above really helped make it easier for the family, with all the divisions and beef associated with hip-hop it is great to see the community rally around the family for a common cause and help bring some positivity back to the game. This is the realest of real hip-hop and it is for a great cause so support it.
A new cut off of the Jay Stay Paid album and we get two quality artists to help out. In case you missed it, J Dilla is putting out a posthumous album on June 2nd of unreleased songs and it is being overseen by his mother. To read more about the album and get the tracklist click here. The beat that Dilla constructed for this song is interesting, it is almost just white noise in the background, even the drum beat, with two bass notes being played over top. Check it out for yourselves and get excited to go buy this album.
J Dilla is posthumously dropping an album next month (June 2nd) called Jay $tay Paid and everybody should go buy it. The album is executive produced by his mother, arranged by Pete Rock and also features guest artists as well as straight Dilla beats. The song above is “Dilla Bot vs. The Hybrid” featuring Danny Brown and Constantine and I think it helps illustrate the greatness of this album. Check below the break to get “Reality Check” featuring Black Thought, the tracklist and the press release for the album. We’re giving it to you all at once to try to make up for the fact we didn’t post all of this earlier.
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