One of the illest producers to do it. J Dilla’s is set to have his 2006 album, Donuts released into a literature format. According to StonesThrow, the book will published by 33 1/3 Books, which is a series dedicated to classic albums. The release date for the upcoming literary work is set to make it’s release date on April 24th, 2014. Read more about the upcoming release with details down below.
Author Jordan Ferguson interviewed pretty much everyone associated with the album’s creation – Stones Throw’s PB Wolf, Jeff Jank, Eothen Alapatt – and many of Dilla’s associates in his L.A. and Detroit years. The book is not merely a behind the scenes look at the creation of Donuts, but a look at Dilla’s career as a whole, his influences, his music styles, and the art of the music itself. The jacket reads, “Drawing from philosophy, critical theory and musicology, as well as Dilla’s own musical catalog, Jordan Ferguson shows that the contradictory, irascible and confrontational music found on Donuts is as much a result of an artist’s declining health as it is an example of what scholars call ‘late style,’ placing the album in a musical tradition that stretches back centuries.”
Pre-order the book here.
Today is the birthday of one of the greatest producers ever, J. Dilla. He would’ve been 40 years old. To celebrate his birthday, Slum Village (Jay DEE, Illa J, Young RJ,T3) decides to release a smooth cut entitled “Yes Yes”. This will be on Slum Village’s forthcoming album, being released this spring. Catchy and smooth with a hip hop feel. Classic Slum Village and Dilla. R.I.P. J. Dilla.
Check out the record after the jump.
With an album available now, the Yancey Boys (Illa J and Frank Nitt) releases one of the standout tracks from the album called “Quicksand”. The soulful vocals are done by Dezi Paige and features Chicago’s own Common handling the first verse. The project will include previously unheard beats by J. Dilla himself. The album includes features from Common, Guilty Simpson, J.Pinder, Posdnous, T3, Talib Kweli and more. The album’s CD and vinyl editions will ship tomorrow (November 5th).
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If you know Dilla like we do, you’ve heard this record before. Today Rappcats decides to release the final version of the Nottz produced “Diamonds (The Shining Pt. 1)”. The track will land on J. Dilla’s upcoming album, The Diary. This record will also be on the upcoming Diamonds & Ice EP, due August 27 with Ice (The Shining Pt. 2)” and an instrumental called “The D,” Those two records are produced by Madlib.
“Trucks” produced by J Dilla, mixed and mastered from the original 2-inch tape.
Both “Anthem” and “Trucks” were produced, and feature complete vocal performances, by Dilla. The tracks come straight from multi-track masters found on 2-inch tape shortly after Dilla’s passing in 2006. These songs have been mixed by engineer Dave Cooley, who worked extensively with Dilla during his years in Los Angeles. Using Dilla’s original demo mixes as his guide, Cooley attempted to finalize Dilla’s vision for these tracks, while keeping all of the elements that Dilla had in place in his original demos present.
Mister Cee is known for his classic mixes, as well as his “Throwback At Noon” segment on Hot 97. Earlier today, Mister Cee paid tribute to one of the greatest producers ever, J-Dilla. Featuring tracks from A Tribe Called Quest, Janet Jackson, Slum Village, Busta Rhymes & more.
R.I.P. J-Dilla (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006)
Here’s a brand new record “Anthem” featuring Frank N Dank, produced by J Dilla. Mixed and mastered from the original 2-inch tape. 12-inch clear vinyl to be released on Pay Jay Productions, Spring 2013.
Here it is, your first taste of the upcoming “Lost Scrolls” release from J Dilla. The “Lost Scrolls” will be all unreleased Dilla material and will come of somewhat of a surprise to more than a few. Not due to the lavish production work – the beats are prime, vintage Dilla start to finish. What will make “Lost Scrolls” unique is Dilla on the mic. This special 10” release of material from “Lost Scrolls” finds Dilla at home on the verbals just as he was always at home working an MPC. The projected is being assembled by long time friend and confident Frank Nitt from Frank N Dank who’s put painstaking attention into maintaining Dilla’s vision and energy through- out. This vinyl offering features “DeWitt To Do It” (DeWitt being Dilla’s middle name) as well as the return of the Yancey Boys on “The Throwaway” where Dilla’s brother Illa J trades verses with Nitt over a vintage Dilla beat. Pick it up now in time for this year’s Dilla Day, a celebration of the life and music for the great J Dilla and you too will say “J Dilla Changed My Life.”
Tracklisting after the jump. Pre-order here.