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The Other Yancey Boy: An Interview With Illa J

Born into a musical family in Detroit, MI, John Yancey was seemingly destined to work in music. John, known to his fans as Illa J, could have easily been overshadowed by his super-producer brother, J. Dilla, and his musical success, even post-mortem. The rapper, singer-songwriter and producer has dedicated years to working on preserving the…

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A Children’s Book Based on Rap Icon J Dilla Will Hit Shelves this November

This coming November, the legendary rapper and producer J Dilla will have a children’s book written in his name. His mother, Mauren “Ma Dukes” Yancey-Smith announced the release of The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey, which will center around Dilla’s early years and was “inspired by the stories from his mother, family and siblings.” Illustrated…

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Listen To A Bulk Of Rare J Dilla Instrumentals

A new J Dilla album titled Dillatronic has surfaced. Approaching the ten year anniversary of the iconic Detroit producer’s passing, Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes has teamed up with Vintage Vibez Music Group to assemble a collection of 41 electronic-influenced rarities. “I can smile in my heart, knowing my son’s work is being shared with the people as…

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Joey Bada$$, Madlib & Pete Rock Headline Dilla Day Weekend

J Dilla‘s legacy continues to live on with annual three-day celebration, Dilla Day Weekend. Normally taking place in Dilla’s hometown of Detroit, this year, this year the celebration will take place in Miami. The tribute concert, presented by J. Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes, will go down February 5th through 8th. The line-up features: Joey Bada$$,…

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J Dilla’s MPC & Moog To Be Showcased At DC Smithsonian

J Dilla‘s infamous MPC and Moog will now be showcased at the DC Smithsonian, a newly established museum of African American History & Culture. The news was recently announced at the annual DC Loves Dilla Tribute Concert that featured contemporaries from Pharoahe Monch, Phife Dawg, Bahamadia while hosted by Pete Rock’s blood brother Grap Luva. The…

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Kanye West Reflects on Madlib and J Dilla

For nearly two decades, Los Angeles independent label Stones Throw has been a vessel in breaking albums by eclectic artists such as  J Dilla, Madlib, and Mayer Hawthorne. Recently, the label released extra footage from their documentary, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton. Included in the footage is a brief chat with Kanye West, as he…

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Audio: Jaded Inc, “Monster” (Prod. J Dilla)

Photo: Jeremy Deputat Jaded Inc — compiled of longtime friends 14KT and Mayer Hawthorne — recently released a number titled “Monster,” produced by the legendary late J. Dilla. While chopping it up with Billboard, Hawthorne described the duo’s pioneering style as Beat Wave, citing Detroit’s Ghetto Tech movement as inspiration. The track’s dark synths and 90s’…

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Happy Birthday J Dilla

James Dewitt Yancey, better known by moniker’s J Dilla and Jay Dee, was a cherished, well respected producer and rapper from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. Today we celebrate the late artist’s born day, who died in 2006 from blood disease, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Dilla is one of the music industry’s most…

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