Watch Karriem Riggins' tribute to J Dilla
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.
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]
A posthumous J Dillaalbum The Diary that was recorded in the early 2000's will be be released soon. The set will features beats by frequent collaborators Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins, and more. The 1st single 'Anthem/Trucks' will be released on a 12" April 15th, while the album will be out this Spring on his family-run Pay Jay Label. You can stream here. [read more]
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]
It seems record store owner Jeff Bubeck, who runs UHF in Royal Oak, is the luckiest man on earth right now. In a find most record lovers, J heads and record store owners can only dream of, it seems Bubeck has stumbled across J Dilla's personal collection of records. [read more]