J Dilla (feat: Chuck English and Boldy James) - 'Detroit Game' [Listen]
This week sees the release of the first posthumous album using archive J Dilla recordings. Rebirth Of Detroit is also the first album released on the label Ruff Draft Records, launched by Dilla's mother earlier this year. Listen below to the first track taken from the album, the soulful and funky 'Detroit Game', which features Chuck English and Boldy James alongside the late J Dilla, who passed away in 2006.
De La Soul are keeping the memory of the late producer/rapper J Dilla alive with 'Smell the DA.I.S.Y.', a new mixtape featuring tracks made from unused Dilla beats and classic De La Soul lyrics [read more]
Since Dilla's untimely death, the music world has seen arguably more tributes, posthumous releases, fan art, and homages directed at him than any other rap producer of his era. I say "music world" because it's important to note that, while Dilla rarely stepped outside the realm of hip-hop/R&B in his time on Earth (here's one amazing outlier though), his influence has spread to genres far and wide. [read more]
J Dilla's camp shared another track from the upcoming release, The Diary, which collects never before heard vocal tracks the late artist recorded in the early 2000s. [read more]
First things first. Happy Birthday J Dilla. Today marks what would have been the late producer's 39th birthday and amid some particularly touching tributes is this video from drummer Karriem Riggins. Part eulogy and part performance, here Riggins plays his own instrumental 'J Dilla The Greatest' as a fitting homage. The track appears on his forthcoming Stones Throw release, Alone Together. [read more]