What can be said about Dilla that hasn’t been said before. The man has changed, in many regards, the entire game of hip-hop. Hailing from Detroit, J Dilla sadly past away years ago, but his memory and most importantly, his legacy has been growing insurmountably ever since then.
He has been the backbone to major productions, hardly sited. He has been the mastermind behind thousands of underground greats. He is, without a doubt, top three best hip-hop producers of all time.
As sited by Pitchfork, incredibly influential primarily hip-hop label Stones Throw has released J Dilla’s 2006 Donuts… but as a special 7 inch box delight. It has seven, yes, seven 45’s, a bonus featuring a rarity performed with Doom, Ghostface’s “Sniper Elite & Murder Goon” (check out the cover, it’s awesome). So enough said, if you are a Dilla fan, if you are barely coming on to his genius prolific career, this box set is a necessity. All artwork included, a real treat and memorabilia for one of the greatest musicians of all time.
“I’ve never felt quite like this. – J Dilla”
Already sold out in the Stones Throw Record shop, grab a cop from one of many outlets around the world from the list here.
*All images from Stones Throw Records
- Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17510-donuts-45-box-set/
- Okayplayer: http://www.okayplayer.com/news/stream-j-dillas-donuts-45-box-set-in-full-stones-throw.html
- Fat Beats: http://www.fatbeats.com/products/j-dilla-donuts-45-box-set-8x45s-album-bonus-tracks
- Acclaim: http://www.acclaimmag.com/music/listen-stream-j-dillas-new-donuts-45-box-set/
- Gorilla Vs. Bear: http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2012/11/26/j-dilla-donuts-45-box-set/
- Potholes In My Blog: http://potholesinmyblog.com/pitchfork-advance-streaming-of-j-dillas-donuts-45-box-set/
- Def Sounds: http://defsounds.com/hip-hop-news/j-dillas-donuts-7-released-as-special-45-box-set-interactive-stream-available/
- All Music: http://www.allmusic.com/album/donuts-45-box-set-mw0002463633
- The Vinyl Scout: http://thevinylscout.com/portfolio/j-dilladonuts-45-box-set/
J Dilla’s Dillatroit
By: Russell Johnson
Doesn’t that name ring a bell?? The man has never stopped making hits, even beyond the grave. I remember hearing Donuts and I knew that god had to exist. Not to mention J Dilla as an artist was a work a holic. This album should be amazing just for the simple fact it’s Dilla.
Dilla is a legend not just for Hip Hop but for not selling out. Dilla has always stuck very close to his roots keeping up with his Hip Hop values. Dilla’s music will live on forever; believe that and he has more albums to come in the future but I enjoyed Dillatroit a great deal and I know you will too!
Dilla in my opinion is one of the greatest producers ever. He should even have a case for best all time. Yeah, I think he’s light years above Dre, Kanye West, The Neptune’s, no disrespect of course, just my opinion. Not to mention he’s worked with Madlib, Kanye West, Clipse, Slum Village, and many more. What’s crazy and much like Michael Jackson and 2Pac, Dilla’s beats are still being used on many platforms and are classics to say the least. If there was a such thing as perfection, Dilla was nothing short of that. Dilla may be gone but his music will live on forever and his music is like fine wine where it only gets better with time.
Released in June of this year on the imprint Mahogani Music, this limited edition 12″ EP continues to unearth the many gems Dilla had in his collection before he left this earth. Cass Corridor Films prepared a very special music video for this album release which we have included below.
In conclusion if you’re interested in learning something about Hip Hop this is the perfect album for you to listen to. Much Love!
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The story of the duo production group Union is one of a very unique origin with a rich sense of instrumentation without samples. The duo known as Union have become one of the most anticipated producer groups to emerge into the hip hop and electronic worlds. Beat producer OJ, an avid fan of the J Dilla legacy, is a Persian artist whose crate digging, production techniques and overall sense of musical backdrops has given the Union sound a classic feel. Gold, the other half of Union is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist who brought a large array of keyboards to the table and has bridged so many worlds into the lush and vibrant arrangements Union crafts.
The duo has been working together under the Union moniker for some years now and the release of their debut album Analogtronics with Fat Beat Records has become a highly anticipated collection of music to hit the world. Every beat is organic and moves me out of my chair every time I put on this record. With Analogtronics, Union enlisted the vocal talents of Talib Kweli, MF DOOM, Roc Marciano, Guilty Simpson, and many more to bring this album into the poetic and soulful fruition it was designed for. Shading between raw and sultry elements of the hip hop world, the music sends a lot of its light into the outer realms of this planet and far beyond with many of the musical backdrops created without samples.
Analogtronics is over twenty tracks and glows in positivity and strength in composition, entailing a constant dancing sensation as every beat slams into the speakers. Given the strength of the producer in modern times, the group elects to offer up instrumentals to coincide with the guests who grace the entire record, with the instrumentals coming in at perfect moments to let the album breath and ride out into the mind without a story, message or words to accompany. Many of the vocalist are masters at their craft, approaching the stylization of words in their own unique ways. The addition of everyone present gives a type flavor to the album as a whole that you can’t find anywhere else.
The world has been unifying itself under the principles of hip hop and electronic music, becoming a connecting point of cultural interests and happiness. Union is a summation of this growing connection as the guests submerge themselves inside of the Union sound to produce something never done before, even with all the artists respective works. This is a beautiful album that lets loose on so many levels, never residing in one area or ideology of modern beat music and hip hop but never moving away from the foundations of so many producers before them.
- Mystery Part I
- Time Leak feat. Talib Kweli & Sly Johnson
- Coco Mango feat. MF DOOM
- Light Odyssey
- Good Morning feat. Moka Only
- Song for Janasa feat. Rachel Clau
- Wings feat. Elzhi
- FallinGÇÖ feat. Rapper Pooh & Jan
- Blue Wave
- Preset Mars feat. Roc Marciano
- October Rush
- Digital Delight feat. Guilty Simpson
- Space B-boy
- Sky Dust
- Baby Mama feat. Mani Hoffmann
- Mystery Part II
- Boy feat. Beat Assailant
- Indian Girl
- Too Late for Love
- Words Verbs (remix)
The multi-talented and influential inner workings of Detroit’s J Dilla (Jay Dee) have become a bridge of many worlds in the turn of the century. There are records in his legacy that have influenced an entire generation of beat producers and it is unknown how many works he left behind, but it is known that his tireless efforts to document his works came in the same type of waves as Madlib and other prolific producers. There is no producer, mc, musician and dj like him. His sense of harmony, rhythm, composition, genre merging and his ability to play with a multitude of instruments put him light years ahead of his contemporaries. Hearing all of his works with the production crews The Ummah and The Soulquarians in retrospect, I gain an immediate perspective that these were sounds from the future and are still of the future shaping current realities. J Dilla caught my attention with Common’s Like Water For Chocolate in 2000 and the search has never ended for new songs, releases, collaborations along with old production I never knew he had a hand in creating or created entirely himself. J Dilla was one of the few beat producers in the early 2000′s that was doing something completely different than what was on the radio but was still being looked at by majors to sign. MCA Records had put J Dilla on their roster and scheduled the release of a record in early 2000′s but his release with them never materialized due to complications beyond J Dilla’s control. Some artists thrive in this situation and some fold and J Dilla decided to conquer this road bump with the creation of the LP Ruff Draft and a determination to not deal with major labels. Ruff Draft was released in 2003 in the aftermath of this failed MCA release and shows J Dilla diving heavily into many different modes of sound with a raw and invigorating touch to the past producers that defined the 80′s and 90′s and a nod to what will come in future producers. There is no centralized sense of a coast or area that traps J Dilla, his sound is universal and timeless and Ruff Drafts was one the beginning of these statements under one LP. This was a set of works unknown to most J Dilla fans at the time of release though. He had just changed his name from Jay Dee to J Dilla and many of his major productions did not show his name, only the production units he was apart of.
Stones Throw Records would be J Dilla’s main label for the bulk of his solo career. The arrival of his highly influential full length Donuts on Stones Throw 3 days before his departure is all too surreal when hearing how much of a masterpiece the record is and the shock wave of influence still felt in artists to this day. J Dilla was unstoppable and his skill levels on so many different instruments allowed him to absorb sounds constantly. I feel it was this secret weapon of his that allowed him to grow and expand at a rate unlike any producer around him. Stones Throw would repress a proper format of Ruff Draft in 2007, shedding light on this hidden gem to many dedicated and new fans of his works. Included in the repress as a second disc was the instrumentals, something that every J Dilla fan I know craves to get their hands on. Stones Throw was pressing many albums with special instrumental bonus discs, Quasimoto, Madvillain, it was a good time to be on top of Stones Throw as everything was hitting so hard. When I grabbed a copy of the 2007 repress of Ruff Draft and listened to the instrumentals, I fell in love right away. Last month, Stones Throw separated the instrumentals with new mixing and mastering from the original tapes and a proper LP cover under the title Ruff Draft Beats. Released in the digital, CD and vinyl realm, this is an instrumental release that every fan of his works should own.
Dusty vinyl sounds, hypnotically heavy snare and hi hat, classic jazz breaks, futuristic synth tones and a smooth electronic funk emphasized on the low end, every track on Ruff Drafts Beats reverberates a dedication to space, harmony and a never ending pallet for creation. Songs like ‘Reckless Driving’, ‘The $’ and ‘Take Notice’ sound like beats you would hear on any Brainfeeder release while tracks like ‘Let’s Take It Back’, ‘Make’em NV’ and ‘Shouts’ show the bombastic rawness that traces to his origins of making MPC mixes and trying to emulate producers like Pete Rock. ‘Nothing Like This’ is the most abstract instrumental out of the collection, showing a sonic mix that is transfixed in swirling tones, cross fading reversed loops and heavy drum breaks that keep the song balanced. As it rotates in sequences, it feels like it is about to fall out of the mix, leaving only the bass and drums behind. Liquid in tone and heavy on the low end, ‘Nothing Like This’ shows a balance between the experimental deviations that create new worlds and the foundational pasts that many of his rhythm sections reside in. My favorite track on the record has to be ‘Intro’, with a lush, vibrant and beautiful feeling, there is an aura of happiness and nostalgia to the past. The vocals drift over a head nodding beat and the light fills the tracks unlike anything else on the album.
2012 is a new year for J Dilla’s Ruff Draft to give the world energy from the dedicated people at Stones Throw have preparing this special vinyl only run of the instrumentals. These are some of my favorite beats from J Dilla and highlight a human being who bridged so many cultures of producers. It is from this bridge that to define his sound into one category would be impossible. This is the blueprint and ethos of J Dilla as he became the underground artists he knew he was destined to be from day one. This is past, present and future of what J Dilla has done for the world and it’s all under the name Ruff Draft Beats.
Rough Draft Beats
Stones Throw Records
- Let’s Take it Back
- Reckless Driving
- Nothing Like This
- The $
- Make’em NV
- Take Notice
From Stones Throw Records:
Stones Throw has reissued J Dilla’s Ruff Draft Instrumentals with a long-overdue LP cover.
These self-produced tracks make up one of the late J Dilla’s least known works during his lifetime. Released on vinyl only in February 2003, Ruff Draft EP was elusive and virtually unknown to the casual Dilla fan until Stones Throw’s reissue in 2007. Recorded in the wake of a failed deal with major label MCA, Dilla returned to solo recordings as a fiercely independent artist with Ruff Draft.
Tracks on this single vinyl disc were taken from J Dilla’s original master tapes, mixed and remastered by Dave Cooley & Kelly Hibbert.
*All Photos from Stones Throw Records
Take a walk in the past with this newly unearthed 90′s era Slum Village song with Jay Dee (J Dilla) showing his MC skills along side his production work.
Unreleased Slum Village produced J Dilla
Check the full story at http://bling47.com/site/slum-village-tell-me/
Slum Village ‘Tell Me’
Sam Baker’s Album
Where Am I
Sam Baker or commonly known Samiyam is a contemporary electronic and hip hop producer and is the latest artist to release an album through the Brainfeeder imprint. The label is well known being in its third year of existence and the amount of timeless albums released by the label already is unreal. Samiyam released Rap Beats Vol. 1, his debut full length record, as a CD-R and later with Brainfeeder in 2008. Attention to packaging was taken to full with the self released version with all of the cover designs being sourced from collages made from various magazine clips collected by Sam Baker. This brought the attention of Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label and became the first album to be released under the Brainfeeder name in May of 2008.
Now Samiyam releases his second full length record with Brainfeeder, Sam Baker’s Album. Enigmatically symphonic with tones in the full color spectrum, this album is really psychedelic in the gritty setting of futuristic hip hop beats. Dream states capture every moment under thick heavy hitting bass tones with that small hint of J Dilla and FlyLo influence spread throughout. Each piece has a multitude of layers that unravel under the main melodies and samples used and the album can be taken in different digestive states. Gritty psychedelic small nuances around the slightly woozy beat structure create little tiny fills and pockets of sound that balance the music out so well.
Samiyam is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and now resides in Los Angeles. He has been constructing music with a high level of attention to detail and texture and this new record shows that expansion he has taken from his first record. On Sam Baker’s Album, you hear a producer who is expanding and shifting into a world of composition, not just beats. The album is 17 tracks and a little under 40 minutes of beautiful music. There is a heavy dark instrumental cosmic funk feel to this record, a sound that is undeniably unique in origin. What made me love this album after the first listen was the help of headphones and how it really showed me the complexity of this album. Layers present themselves that you never knew existed from the sample tracks online and immediately the entire sound grabbed me from it’s raw power.
This is music that has so many textures but with the cleanest separation of layers and the harmonies built around the synth lines, there is no overgrowth. The piece “Cushion” has an 8 bit video game sound to it while “Wonton Special” has the craziest lo fi intro that goes into some night crawler head nodding instrumental hip hop. Overtones create gardens of thought around the big synthesizer additives. The electronic influence of LA’s beat scene shines in full on the album. This type of influence everyone is carrying out on each other in the LA region and beyond is truly making it a new genre. For my personal tastes, Sam Baker’s Album is in my top 4 releases on Brainfeeder along with the newest full lengths from Matthewdavid, Flying Lotus and Teebs. Samiyam’s Sam Baker’s Album is a must hear for any fan of contemporary electronic music. Highly recommended from Sound Colour Vibration. -Erik Otis
06. Frosting Packets
08. Where Am I
11. My Buddy
12. No Dinner
14. Wonton Special
15. Taco Delay
16. Lifesized Stuffed Animal
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