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J Dilla | Takin' Mines - Part 2
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By   |  17 April 2013 16:16 pm  |  
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What happens when you take a song that beyond funky before it’s time and let J Dilla have at it? “Trucks.”

 

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By   |  12 April 2013 11:30 am  |  Audio Audio
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Two of Detroit’s most heralded lost talents connect. To commemorate seven years since his untimely passing, Shady Records release this previously unreleased Proof cut, “Keep It On The Low,” produced by J Dilla.

 

 

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By   |  11 February 2013 20:36 pm  |  Audio Audio
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Welcome 2 Detroit, Donuts and The Shining are all prize pieces in J Dilla‘s extensive catalog, but there might have been another trophy in his cabinet had things panned out. The Diary is a solo rap album the late producer was working on in the early 2000s, which featured guest production from Madlib, Nottz, Pete Rock, Karriem Riggins and House Shoes amongst others (we can tell it was dope just from that lineup).
 
Now, thanks to Jay’s own Pay Jay Productions, the LP will thankfully see the light of day — and here’s the first single, “Anthem,” featuring Frank-N-Dank. Dilla handled the production himself for this one, and crafted a quirky, Middle Eastern-sounding beat which contains dashes of both traditional underground ruggedness and that early ’00s commercial rap gloss.
 
“Anthem” will be released on 12″ vinyl as a paired single with “Trucks” on April 15, with The Diary LP arriving later in Spring.

 

 

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By   |  6 February 2013 10:00 am  |  Audio Audio
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Fortunately for all us J Dilla fans around the world, the late, great producer’s catalog hasn’t dried up yet (will it ever?) Following-up on last year’s Rebirth of Detroit album (one of our Top 25 LPs of 2012), there’s a new posthumous project from Jay Dee entitled Lost Scrolls Vol. 1, out now on Fat Beats. It was a pretty low-key release, so to get you clued up, here’s one of the four cuts, “DeWitt To Do It.” It relays Dilla’s raps from 2001’s “Shake It Down” over some of those gentle yet vibrant drums of his.

 

 

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By   |  23 December 2012 21:33 pm  |  Editorial Editorial
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This week’s Heroes & Super Villains installment is not Holiday-themed (like you really need another spoonful of gross, insincere commercialism shoved down your throat, right?) There are no songs dedicated to Saint Nick, lyrics telling of romantic, snowy mornings or catchy, seasonal jingles, because, let’s face it, Christmas is so not hip-hop. But while you are enjoying the blessings of the Holiday season, here’s five releases from this week that any grumpy hip-hop head can bump in their headphones (because I know you’re not humming to any radio tunes). Merry Christmas, y’all – shouts to Asher Roth, The Yancey Boys, Erick Arc Elliott, Talib Kweli and Maffew Ragazino for the dopeness.

 
 

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Greg Grease – “Forward”

 

 

If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.

 

  1. Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
  3. Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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