All "J Dilla" stories

Return to Story

Stream Slum Village Yes!

Before he struck out on his own and became the sort of producer whose name other beatmakers speak in hushed tones, the late legend J Dilla was a founding member of the Detroit underground rap trio Slum Village. Slum Village have been through a ton of lineup changes since Dilla was a member, but they’re… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2015 - 10:54 am

Slum Village – “Right Back” (Feat. De La Soul) (Prod. J Dilla)

The long-running Detroit rap group Slum Village has been around since the late ’90s, and they’ve been through a ton of lineup changes over the years. The late production legend J Dilla was a founding member. And the group’s new album Yes!, out later this month, includes a mournful and piano-laden Dilla beat on the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Nas – “The Season” (Prod. J Dilla)

Nasty Nas is in your area. He’s about to cause mass hysteria. And by “mass hysteria,” I of course mean “deep and appreciative head-nodding.” Yesterday, we posted footage of Nas showing up at Run The Jewels’ record-release party and debuting his new song “The Season.” The track is out now in all its hi-fi studio-versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2014 - 10:26 am

Nas Joins Run The Jewels At RTJ2 Release Party, Shares Dilla-Produced “The Season”

Last night, Run The Jewels found a great way to celebrate the release of their monster sophomore album RTJ2: They hosted a screening of The Warriors, basically the best movie ever, at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema. At the screening, they had a special guest: Nas, whose Mass Appeal label released RTJ2. And the old king took… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2014 - 11:05 am

J Dilla’s MPC And Moog Are Going Into The Smithsonian

At the 9th annual DC Loves Dilla Concert last night, a big announcement came during the tribute to the late and sorely missed hip-hop producer. The Smithsonian is currently building its Museum Of African American History, and it will include Dilla’s MPC and his custom-made Moog synthesizer (one of the last Moog synths that Dr. More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 18, 2014 - 4:33 pm

J Dilla – “Filth”

Amazingly enough, there are still unreleased J Dilla tracks floating around out there. A whole pile of the late production legend’s unheard material will appear on the forthcoming box set The King Of Beats, which Dilla’s mother assembled. The set spreads 40 unreleased tracks across four 10″ vinyl records, one 3″ floppy disc, and one… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Download De La Soul Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul Of Yancy) Mixtape

Ever since they posted almost their entire discography for free download last month, the great pioneering rap trio De La Soul have been rolling, with three new projects in the works. The first of those — and the group’s first full-length in about a decade — is the new mixtape Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da InnerMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2014 - 10:25 am

De La Soul – “Vocabulary Spills” (Prod. J Dilla)

De La Soul, one of the greatest rap groups of all time, have been away for a while, but they’ve suddenly kicked back into high gear, and they’ve got three projects in the works. The first of those is Smell The D.A.I.S.Y., a new mixtape on which they rap over beats from the late productio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 21, 2014 - 10:42 am

De La Soul – “Dilla Plugged In” (Prod. J Dilla)

Last month, De La Soul marked the 25th anniversary of their classic debut album 3 Feet High And Rising by, for one day, offering seven of their albums for free download. And now De La, who haven’t released a new album since 2004’s Grind Date, are getting ready to release a host of new projects. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2014 - 9:22 am

Joey Bada$$ x J Dilla – “Two Lips”

The space-rap production legend J Dilla died almost eight years ago, and it’s crazy that there are still unused Dilla beats floating around out there in the ether. Well, there are, and the young Brooklyn ’90s-rap enthusiast Joey Bada$$ got ahold of one of them, huskily riding it and turning it into a new song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 27, 2013 - 3:45 pm

J Dilla – “Anthem”

The late rap production legend J Dilla recorded a ton of music before he died, and we still haven’t heard all of it. A forthcoming Dilla album, The Diary, consists mostly of raps that Dilla recorded over beats from other producers, including Madlib, Pete Rock, and Nottz. Dilla made it in the early ’00s, but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Danny Brown – “Jay-Dee’s Revenge” Video

Danny Brown has amassed most of his sizable buzz over the last year or so, but he’s also a veteran of Detroit’s rap scene, and he worked with legendary stoner-rap producer J Dilla when Dilla was still alive. So it makes all kinds of sense that he’d show up on Rebirth Of Detroit, a forthcoming… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 10, 2012 - 7:30 am

Morning Benders Cover Joanna Newsom Over A J Dilla Beat

‘Tis the season for summer mixes. I made mine, the morning benders’ Chris Chu put one together for L.A.-based site Say Mayday. Plenty to love in there, like the Avalanches, Twin Sister, Bibio, Arthur Russell. One thing you get when Chu makes you a mix that you don’t get with someone like me, though, i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 7, 2010 - 2:12 pm

New (MF) DOOM – “That’s That”

No more Metal Face (in title anyway) for Daniel Dumille. For the forthcoming MM..Food followup, it’s just DOOM. So far the Born Like This LP has confirmed guest verses from Raekwon, Ghostface, and two tracks of J Dilla beats, while also serving up a minute-and-a-half of “Ballskin.” “That’s That” packs its headspinning rhymes and flow… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 23, 2009 - 11:06 am