The G.O.A.T. on the boards mixed with the Neo-Soul gawd and a couple of the illest emcees of their time sprinkled on the top. The result is the funky, baby I miss you, track “Reminisce” from Bilal’s debut album 1st Born Second. Every day is Dilla Day, celebrate!! Dilla laid the foundation and Mos Def and Common played back up to Bilal’s silky smooth vocals.
On this week’s edition of Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G re-visit another classic album, Slum Village’s “Fantastic Vol. 2.” which was released on June 13, 2000 (after a good deal of label politics). “Fantastic Vol. 2” is considered a touchstone in the “neo-soul” movement, whose sound was developed by Slum Village’s J-Dilla and a host of other musicians and collaborators (The Ummah, Soulquarians, etc). Like many other classic albums of the time, “Fantastic Vol. 2” didn’t enjoy huge sales, but its impact is unmistakable.
The guys also pay tribute to jazz legend Ornette Coleman, who passed away on June 11. The podcast opens with a portion of Coleman’s “Free Jazz,” the controversial recording that divided critics and fans while initiating a new movement in jazz music in 1961.
De La Soul will be releasing Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. on Wednesday, March 26th. The project is a homage to late producer extraordinaire James D Yancey, known worldwide as J Dilla. “Vocabulary Spills” is an example of the spectacular awesomely awesomeness that is certain to be this mixtape. The trio is planning on dropping one more mixtape (Premium Soul On The Rocks), produced by Pete Rock & DJ Premier, before releasing their full-length album You’re Welcome.
“You cry keepin it real, you should try keepin it right.” just was raw when quoted today as it was all them years ago……
De La Soul is fresh off of trying their best to break the internet. Giving away their catalog (sans Grind Date) for free to build up anticipation for their new album appropriately titled You’re Welcome. The gifts just keep rolling too. Now we learn that they plan on dropping two mixtapes before the album drops Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. (Production by J Dilla) and Premiem Soul On The Rocks (Produced by DJ Premier & Pete Rock). This isn’t the year of the Horse, it’s the year of the De La.
“Dilla Plugged In” is the first track from Smell The Daisy and serves as an ode of sorts to the legendary Producer and his Ma Dukes.
Slum Village announced that the proceeds from the iTunes sales of their new J Dilla produced “Yes, Yes” will go to Dilla’s children. I applaud the group for doing this, but I do take issue with the subject matter of the song being used to benefit his daughters. The song is a celebration of the groups sexual exploits. What happens when Ja’Maya and Ty-Monae hear the song. Here young ladies, enjoy this song which was meant to be a sort of dedication to you. It’s like making a song to benefit the educational programs available to children in communities with poor schooling, and said song being about drugs, jewelry and cars. It’s worse than that though, it’s like making a song to help fight the blood diamond trade in South Africa and the subject matter of that song is about how big your chain is and how many carats your watch has. I find this to be utterly tasteless and while I applaud the fact the group is willing to do something for Dilla’s children (which they should be doing ANYWAY), it should have been thought through a little more thoroughly.
If you aren’t familiar with House Shoes The King James Version then google and get back to me. Well, press play below first, then google. A dedication to Shoes’ friend James Yancey known worldwide as J Dilla. This is part 1 of Vol 2 in the series and presented on Mad Decent Worldwide Radio. All the tracks are taken from records used by Dilla in creating one of the most dynamic Hip-Hop production catalogs in history. All vinyl, no MP3s or Youtube rips were used in making of this mix. So go ahead and mark off the next 45 minutes from your calendar and let this sink in. FOOL!!! #EverydayIsDillaDay Check out Mad Decent Worldwide Radio for a gang of podcasts
Pete Rock’s “Dilla Mix 2014” from Backspin Radio on Sirius radio. That’s pretty much all I need to say about all that. Download it and listen on repeat and stop celebrating Dilla one day a year. I been said it #EverydayIsDillaDay