J Dilla- “Trucks”
May 2, 2008, 12:44 pm
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Picture of Dilla and Dank next to the “Dillalade“- “here in my truck…”

I’m not going to be posting leaked stuff on this site but this song is too funny–

“Trucks” – J Dilla

Its off the unreleased (but slowly flowing onto the interwebs) MCA Album still unnamed.

Benji B played this banger a little while ago so I think its legit to put it up.

I’ll go ahead and link you to another blog here in case I decide to take this off.

Dilla Day
February 10, 2008, 2:03 pm
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Like I relayed in the last post, today marks the 2nd anniversary of J Dilla’s death from lupus.

If you need to know how much Dilla meant to people in the world of hip-hop production take a look at this video from the tribute party Friday night. Thanks to

Also, here is link to some pictures from the show.

For more on remembering J Dilla check J Dilla, Part 1 | Part 2 | and Part 3
Thanks to diiiizy for the scoop on that.

Happy Birthday J Dilla!
February 8, 2008, 1:36 pm
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Yesterday was the late great J Dilla’s birthday.

To celebrate Stones Throw records has released the third act of the Thank You Jay Dee podcast. Pick it up here.

Here’s a lil bio for those who don’t celebrate Dilla:

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974February 10, 2006), better known as J Dilla, or Jay Dee, was an acclaimed Hip-Hop producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground Hip-Hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. He began his career as a member of the group Slum Village, and was also a driving force in the production trio The Ummah. Yancey started his career under the name “Jay Dee” (based on his initials) but used the name “J Dilla” from 2001 on. Many critics believe J Dilla’s work to have had a major influence on his peers,[1] and that he embodied the neo soul sound, playing a defining yet understated role during the sub-genre’s rise (roughly from the mid-90s to the early 2000s). J Dilla was often dubbed “your favorite producer’s favorite producer”, and was highly regarded by mainstream artists and producers such as Common, Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, Just Blaze, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell Williams,and ?uestlove. [2].

Feb 10th is officially Dilla day and marks the 2 year anniversary of his passing. Maybe I’ll post a little tribute.

If you’re in the New York area and over 21 check the tribute show tonight @ Southpaw in Brooklyn:

Mos Def honors Dilla in Ann Arbor
January 22, 2008, 5:49 pm
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As reported in

“The spirit of J Dilla was felt throughout Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium on Monday night, as rapper-actor Mos Def and his Big Band performed a tribute to the late Detroit producer, who died in February 2006 of complications from lupus.

During a loose 90-minute set that felt more like a jam session than a proper concert, Mos Def and his six-piece band — which included a drummer, keyboardist, bass player, trombonist, trumpet player and a multi-instrumentalist — didn’t so much remake Dilla’s songs as bring to life the feel of his compositions.

Mos Def took the stage with a bandana covering his face and a New York Yankees cap, and throughout the show he gave props to Detroit. (Close enough.) As he took the stage, Mos formed devil’s horns with his hand — the international symbol for “rock” — but instead of rocking put on a thoughtful, lively tribute to his friend James Yancey, one of the founding members of Detroit hip-hop troupe Slum Village.

Mos was clearly having fun, grooving along with his band and often grinning from ear to ear.

As he led his band through material from Dilla’s works — including pieces from Slum Village’s landmark “Fantastic, Vol. 2” — he was a rock star, deftly flipping between rapping, singing and occasionally band-leading.

The sold-out crowd of more than 3,400 — some were dressed in “J Dilla Changed My Life” T-shirts — was on its feet for most of the show, even during the elongated bass and drum solos. If the show sometimes lost its way in its improvised jams — at times, the trombone player looked like he was going to doze off during the free-wheeling sessions — it was nevertheless rendered in a style that Dilla, whose mother, Maureen, watched from backstage, would have appreciated.

Near the close of the show, Mos Def was presented with a visiting professor award, and he wasted no time in using his new title. “That’s Professor Def to you,” he told a crowd member shouting his name.

During the closing number, Mos entered the crowd and shook and slapped hands with audience members, and stood tall in the center of the auditorium like a prize fighter celebrating a victory.

In a sense, Dilla was standing there with him.”