Entries tagged with: J Dilla
Slum Village, the group which once counted the late J Dilla as a member, are set to to release a new album, Evolution, this June, and they'll be kicking off an international tour this week in support of it. That tour hits NYC on April 30 at Santos Party House. The show is looking pretty solid, with music by Mick Boogie and DJ Martin, and performances by Tanya Morgan and Skyzoo, in addition to The Action Figures, Citi Lightz, and Singapore Kane. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In related news, two previously unreleased J Dilla songs have surfaced on a new 12": "Trucks" (which prominently samples Gary Numan's "Cars") and "Anthem." Both feature Dilla rapping, in addition to producing. Stream them below.
by Andrew Sacher
Hip hop production great J Dilla would have turned 39 yesterday (2/7) and there's much going on in honor of him. A collection of unreleased material, The Lost Scrolls, Vol. 1 EP, was released this week, and you can stream the opening track, "Dewitt To Do It," below. Dilla collaborator Karriem Riggins also filmed a Yours Truly session playing "J Dilla the Greatest," and talking about the producer. You can watch that video below too. And also below, is a video of Dilla's mom, Maureen Yance, and DJ Butter speaking about him in a conference filmed ahead of Detroit's Dilla Days, which goe down this Saturday (2/9) and Sunday (2/10).
For those in NYC, you'll get your own chance to celebrate his life this month with the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute, which Questlove headlined in 2010 and Prince Paul headlined last year. This year, it's being headlined by Just Blaze and happens on February 17 at SRB Brooklyn (117 2nd Ave), two days after Just Blaze plays Webster Hall on his tour with Baauer. Tickets for Donuts Are Forever, which also includes Shawn Dub, Tara, Center, Parler, Stylus, and host Fresh Daily, are on sale now. The DJs are reportedly playing Dilla tunes all night, and all proceeds go to Donuts
are Forever scholarship fund, where high school kids in the Groundwork for
Success Program run by Good Shepherd Services, take DJ or Production
courses at Scratch Academy. They've been doing this scholarship for three years
now and will have sent about 40 kids to Scratch to take classes by this
As mentioned, Just Blaze and Baauer are not only touring together, but also collaborating. Since we last spoke, they revealed their first cut together, "Higher," a futuristic hip hop club banger which features a Jay-Z vocal clip. You can stream that track below.
And speaking of Questlove, he would have been spinning all Dilla beats at his weekly Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl yesterday (2/7), but he couldn't make it to the venue, and Q-Tip filled in. Meanwhile, his band The Roots have a lot coming up, including a Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall, which they will "rehearse" for with a live show at City Winery on March 6. Tickets (ranging from $45 to $65) for the City Winery show are on sale now.
All streams below...
At first, they were just crates full of records, numbering in the thousands. But after digging through their contents, Jeff Bubeck learned he'd stumbled upon something special: what he says is the personal record collection of late Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla.I wonder if the Bobby Caldwell, Ahmad Jamal, James Brown and Stan Getz records that formed the basis of early classics like Slum Village's Fantastic Vol 2 LP, The Pharcyde's "Runnin'", Common's "The Light" and De La Soul's "Stakes is High" are in those piles. Dilla, you are still missed.
Bubeck, one of the owners of Royal Oak record store UHF, is selling the records in his store. They come with yellow tags that identify them as part of Dilla's personal stash.
"Is it even possible?" That was Bubeck's first reaction when he learned the 7,000-8,000 records he acquired from an abandoned storage unit in Clinton Township last month may have belonged to Dilla, the celebrated producer and founding member of Slum Village who died in 2006 at age 32 due to complications from lupus.
When first digging through the crates, amid the mountains of 94-cent Earth, Wind & Fire LPs, Bubeck noticed a box of cassette tapes, labeled in black marker as "Jaydee Beats." There were also lyric booklets, along with magazines and pieces of junk mail addressed to James Yancey, as well as to his parents, Beverly and Maureen Yancey. -[Detroit News]
P.S. before any more of those records are sold, someone get in there and document that collection, maybe for an online museum? (Questlove are you reading this?)
Continuing 6 years after Hip-Hop visionary J Dilla's death, the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute benefit is slated for this Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl (2/19). The concert includes DJ sets by TARA, Brina Payne, Ill Digitz, GETLIVE!, and returning act Parler, with producer Prince Paul and DJ Neil Armstrong headlining. Rap trio Tanya Morgan will share hosting responsibilities for the evening, following a performance Wednesday night (2/15) in iHeartDilla's "One Song" lineup at Southpaw. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are still available. Flyer below.
While "Donuts Are Forever" further solidifies itself as a tradition each year, new odes to the late maestro are still taking form. Questlove recently DJed an hour-long set for Hot 97 devised soley of J Dilla tunes, which is available for download here. The drummer also wrote an essay for XXL rhapsodizing J Dilla's singular talent, explaining his influence on Hip-Hop and his own work:
"The day after he recorded "Think Twice," for Welcome to Detroit, I look at the drum set, and I was like, "Wait, you recorded that on this?" And it was the most dingiest, dirtiest, not even second-hand. [It] looked like the Fat Albert junkyard gang drum set. Screws were missing; some of the heads were broken. Matter of fact, he didn't even use real drumsticks on "Think Twice." He used a vibraphone mallet, and he had a broken drumstick that he got some toilet paper from the bathroom, and some rubber bands. I was like, "You would rather go through this MacGuyver shit than buy new drumsticks?" He's like, "I didn't know where to get 'em this late at night; I had to make due." I was like, "Well, why did you hit the drums with the mallet?" He was like, "I didn't want the dynamic to be too aggressive. I wanted to sound muted, so I decided to play the drums with the soft cotton mallet." It looked like putting a marshmallow at the end of a toothpick [Laughs]. Next thing I know, I'm now flying to Philadelphia--I think the next week, [to work on] The Roots' Phrenology record [and] I tracked both "Quills" and "Pussy Galore" the same way. I went and got some orchestra mallets, and then I too started, just 'cause I seen how he got that sound."As per usual, Questlove DJ'd at Brooklyn Bowl last night (as he will on many more Thursdays). He's also scheduled to appear at "Bowlive" events at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/1 and 3/8.
In Detroit, J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, organzied a "Dilla Day" concert and community celebration in the producer's hometown this past weekend (2/10-2/11). Performers for the Friday night show included Danny Brown, Busta Rhymes,, Jay Electronica, and A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg (who has a NYC show coming up), while Saturday's free event included "hands-on beat-making exhibits for children" and a preview of a short-form documentary "Rebirth in Detroit," which followed J Dilla and other local musicians and is to be released later this year. Above photos of the Fillmore marquee via jmackhh.
Aside from his tribute duties, Prince Paul is reuniting with his erstwhile collaborators De La Soul for a new album. While the group's latest creative incarnation First Serve is still underway, two new videos were uploaded to their Youtube channel last weekend teasing new material. Check out "Life is Great" and "Mr. Big Mouph II" below...
The Jungle Brothers at SOB's last night via MuphoricSounds
As expected, The Jungle Brothers DID bring out members of the Native Tongues (and others) last night at SOB's (2/7), but that did not include many of the "invited guests". The reunion and associated guest appearances were limited to Leaders of The New School (Charlie Brown & Dinco D, but sans the crucial Busta Rhymes), Jarobi (of a Tribe Called Quest), members of the UMC's and Black Sheep, Sadat X, Force MDs and possibly some others. Bum out, but it was sort of expected.
No word on whether members of A Tribe Called Quest will be in attendance at Harlem Stage in March either, but they will be the subject of a three day event:
On the heels of a major Producers Guild Award for the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest -Harlem Stage, in conjunction with Revive Music, will celebrate the impact, importance and influence of the pioneering crew with A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts March 1-3 at Harlem Stage. This four part series features live performances, dance events and a free humanities event headlined by a panel of hip-hop scholars, journalists and artists.More details on each event below.
"A Tribe Called Quest is one of the most important groups in the history of hip-hop, with a legacy that continues to impact generations of artists, musicians and audiences." says Simone Eccleston, Harlem Stage's Assistant Director of Programming, who curated the tribute. "With their signature sound, they created timeless gems, and this series seeks to celebrate their cultural significance, their musicianship and their roles as composers and producers. It is our goal to provide audiences with a multidimensional experience that highlights ATCQ's music, the historical context, and their influence on artists that have come after them."
In the span of three years, starting in 1990, A Tribe Called Quest - made up of rappers Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi White, and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad - released three albums - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders - widely acknowledged by hip-hop fans to be some of the best recordings ever. The crew became part of a larger community of artists making redemptive, transcendent music: groups like the Black Sheep, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, and Leaders of the New School; solo performers Monie Love and Queen Latifah; and others who formed the collective Native Tongues. They made songs together and often referred to each other in recordings.
Tickets for A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies - A Movement in Four Parts, range from free to $25 and are available by phone at (212) 281-9240, ext 19 or 20, and online at www.harlemstage.org. Free programs require RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other hip hop news, head on over to Public Assembly TONIGHT (2/8) for a FREE show as part of the Red Bull Academy. Kicking off with a conversation with Buckshot (of Black Moon), Dru Ha (of Duck Down), and Skyzoo, the evening will also feature live performances from Smif-N-Wessun, Buckshot and Skyzoo as well. The show kicks off at 7PM and you can RSVP at Yamez@redbullmusicacademy.com (might not be necessary).
Check out a preview of tonight's discussion, as well as a new video for "Still Standing" by Pharaohe Monch and a preview of Sean Price's Mic Tyson (both are on Duck Down), with more Harlem Stage info, below...
Pharoahe Monch at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2010 (more by BBG)
In addition to the free show at Weeksville Heritage Center, Pharoahe Monch has a few other NYC shows in July. He plays B.B. King's on July 12 with Heltah Skeltah, OGC, and Black Rob. Tickets are still on sale.
Pharoahe Monch also appears as a guest with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson ensemble at Harlem Stage on July 9 in Annunciation Park (entrance Amsterdam Ave. and W. 134th Street). Jazz vocalist Jose James and Zap Mama will also be guests at the FREE show that Taylor McFerrin opens. J. Period is the evening's DJ. This one runs from 5-9 PM, with 4 PM gates. "In addition to the live music, concert guests enjoy food and hand-made products from local vendors, and an American Airlines raffle. Blankets only, no lawn chairs allowed."
If you haven't heard of multi instrumentalist/dj/arranger/composer/music director/producer/educator Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, you probably at least know some of his collaborators like Stevie Wonder, Outkast, Rihanna, Flying Lotus, Aloe Blacc and countless others. His ensemble performs original music, covers of unreleased J Dilla tracks, and will pay tribute to Gil Scott-Heron at the Harlem show.
A similar show happened in LA in 2010 with Flying Lotus as part of the ensemble and with special guest Aloe Blacc and Bilal. You can listen to that entire peformance, and watch some video from it, below....
Black Milk at Southpaw (more by BBG)
Now that his Album of The Year has garnered considerable year end accolades, Black Milk will rope his live band in for a show on Feb 10th at SOB's with Danny Brown and DJ Houseshoes. Tickets are on sale. The show is one a bunch scheduled for Detroit MC. A full list of his tour dates is below.
The Black Milk show takes place on the five year anniversary of the untimely death of the legendary J Dilla. Dilla will no doubt be memorialized at many events around the world, including at Santos on Feb 5th as part of the Donuts Are Forever 5 party. The lineup for the show has yet to be revealed, but advance tickets are on sale.
Rest in Peace Dilla Dawg. You are missed.
Hot Chip @ Pier 3 in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Aziz Ansari @ Comix
* AA Bondy, Lia Ices @ Union Hall
* Average Girl, Cosmonaut @ Matchless
* K Holes, Golden Triangle @ Union Pool
* Ava Luna, Twin Sister, Data Dog @ The Tank
* J Dilla Foundation benefit w/ Questlove @ the Bell House
* Kayo Dot (plays Coyote) @ The Stone (Late Show)
* Kayo Dot (plays Choirs of the Eye) @ The Stone (Early Show)
* Hot Chip, French Horn Rebellion @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dinosaur Feathers, Matt Singer, Pearl & The Beard @ Sycamore
* Hot Chip (DJ Set), We Are Wolves @ Brooklyn Bowl (Late Show)
* Cavalier Rose, The Moderate, Bridges and Powerlines @ Pianos
* Anamanaguchi, D/A/D, Movement, Lawrence Grey @ Shea Stadium
* Unsound w/ Groupshow performs Andy Warhol's "Empire" @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Class Actress, The Morning Benders, Blood Orange, Acrylics, Twin Shadow @ Glasslands
* Blood Warrior, Raccoon Fighter @ Pete's Candy Store (BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival)
* Small Black, Keepaway @ Brooklyn Bowl (BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival)(Early Show)
* Heavy Trash, Delco Nightingale, Jukebox Jodi And Her 45s, Howlin' Thurstons @ Public Assembly
* Holy Hail, Pony Pants, Edie Sedgwick (and The Brunettes), Love or Perish @ Cake Shop (Late Show)
* King Django Septet, Hub City Stompers, Outernational, Royal City Riot, Wareika Hill @ Knitting Factory
* Care Bears On Fire, Mother Courage, Jack & The Jaywalkers, BYS @ Cake Shop (Benefit for Hope For Haiti Now)
* Shellshag, forgetters, Screaming Females, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Measure, Black Wine, Groucho Marxists @ Bowery Ballroom
'Donuts Are Forever' at The Bell House. Flyer below.
Hot Chip played a free show at Highline Ballroom last night, and they play a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl). Check out an 11 minute featurette, "Brothers" about the band below...
Spoon's new video for "Written in Reverse" below...
Sad news to report from the Detroit hip hop scene....
Titus (Baatin) Glover, the Detroit rapper who co-founded the much-acclaimed Slum Village, has died.Baatin recently performed with Slum Village in NY at Rock The Bells and was scheduled to perform at BB Kings with the reunited Reflection Eternal.
The circumstances of his death remain unknown, [but] ...Baatin's body was found [Saturday] morning in the 14000 block of Anglin Street, said family friend Ty Townson, who was at the scene as Baatin's body was taken to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.
Glover's mother, Alberta Glover, said she didn't know anything about how her son died. She said she's waiting for the medical examiner to tell the family something either Sunday or Monday.... Funeral arrangements are not yet set.
Baatin, who turned 35 in March, left Slum Village in 2002, later telling the Free Press he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He continued to record and play occasional solo dates before returning to the Slum fold for the group's upcoming album, Villa Manifesto, due Sept. 22. -[Detroit Free Press]
A memorial tribute was held Sunday night at 5 Elements Gallery in Detroit.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - Music From The Color Purple (ZSHARE, ZIPPED ALBUM)
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - "The Matrix" featuring DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, & Sean Price (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - "Give The Drummer Sum" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - "The Ox (805)" featuring MED and Poke (ZIPPED MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - "Go!" featuring Guilty Simpson (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - WLIB AM... Preview mixed by J-Rocc (MP3)
MC/Producer Black Milk announced a show at Southpaw on Oct 24th with U-N-I (tickets are on sale), thats four days before he drops his sophomore solo LP, Tronic, on Fat Beats featuring Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Sean Price, and fellow Detroiters Dwele & Royce Da 5'9". Both "The Matrix" and "Give The Drummer Sum" are from Tronic and downloadable above. Black Milk is also encouraging the hip hop community to help "mother of the greatest producer of all time J Dilla":
This is "Death of the Muse", the first single off the upcoming Solillaquists of Sound album, No More Heroes. It's available as a download for a minimum donation of $2 with absolutely 100% of the proceeds going directly to Ms. Maureen Yancey a/k/a Ma Dukes (J Dilla's mom). You are encouraged to donate more than the minimum by upping the quantity in your shopping cart before checking out.Pick up that single here.
The track features J-Live, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), as well as Ma Dukes herself.
Speaking of MC/Producers, Madlib dropped his long threatened entry to the Beat Generation series, WLIB AM King Of The Wigflip, on Sept 30th. You can check out a few tracks from WLIB... streaming and we have both "The Ox" and "Go!" available for download above. Madlib joins a long lines of hip hop luminaries who have dropped heat on The Beat Generation, including Marley Marl, J. Dilla, Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and Pete Rock.
Sean Price recently played SOB's with Heltah Skeltah. His Boot Camp Clik breathren, Black Moon & Smif N Wessun's "Tribute to The Classics" rescheduled their sold-out Knitting Factory show to November 8th due to Buckshot's emergency trip to the hospital. We're happy to hear Buckshot is now doing okay.
Walk to cure Lupus in honor of J Dilla, and then go see Madlib, Karriem Riggins as Supreme Team, J Rocc, Peanut Butter Wolf, Percee P & Guilty Simpson at Highline Ballroom in NYC on December 2nd. Tickets are on sale. Percee P is currently on tour with Common and Q-Tip, which also means you can see Percee at Nokia Theatre on October 7th. Q-Tip is also playing Gramercy Theatre on October 16th.
On 22 September 2007, at a show in New York where DOOM was supposed to be the headliner but cancelled, the MC for the show, Kenny Muhammad, asked for a minute of silence for MF DOOM who was "fighting for his life in the hospital".Not good. He didn't show up at the Independent in San Fran on September 18th either, and this all comes after accusations of him lip-syncing at some shows in August. People are now starting rumors that he died, and AllHipHop claims that, "Apparently, MF Doom is in the hospital, but not from a heart attack." I hope whatever is wrong, that he comes out of it okay!
The Madlib show is part of an upcoming Stones Throw records tour that also includes a show at the El Ray Theatre in LA on November 8th. More dates TBA.