J. Dilla ft. Frank-N-Dank – Anthem

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Two new J. Dilla projects coming to fruition on the seventh anniversary of his passing. One on Pay Jay (Jay Dee’s official label) and one through Stones Throw.

“Anthem” and “Trucks” were two of the songs J Dilla recorded in late 2001 and early 2002 as he put the finishing touches on what was supposed to be an album featuring his raps over production by the likes of Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and others. These two tracks, however, were produced by Dilla himself.

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Related: Stones Throw is also releasing Frank N Dank’s 48 Hours Instrumentals, produced entirely by J. Dilla

Here’s the story: It was 2002. Signed to a solo deal with MCA, whose roster at the time included Common and The Roots, J Dilla spearheaded a project for two of the most unlikely major label emcees: Frank N Dank. In retrospect it’s not hard to understand why the label shelved and eventually dropped the project.

Video: Common on The Making of Be

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Lonnie talks about the inception of his album Be, “The Food” being the first track he made with Kanye, how the beat for “The Corner” was made in 30 mins. and what it was like living with Jay Dee in L.A.

In 2005, Common released his sixth studio album, and second gold record, Be. In describing the album’s concept shortly after its release, he said, “I named it Be to be who you are, man, and be able to be in the moment and not try too hard. Be is another way of saying just do without trying hard, like I said, natural and be true to the core of who you are; and this album, I wanted to just be and not just go and exist as just an artist, not worried about the past.”

Common is performing the LP on select Rock the Bells tour dates, the next one being in Boston on September 10th.

Previously: Mobb Deep | Raekwon | Lauryn Hill | Nas

Video: J Dilla x MF DOOM

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Awww dude… J Rocc playing new MF DOOM over some vintage Dilla Dawg last night. ?uest was saying how everyone was prepping their Dilla birthday sets yesterday.

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Stones Throw x Parra: Raise It Up For Ma Dukes

Saturday, February 7th, 2009


Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, the mother of the late James “J Dilla” Yancey, is currently battling the same disease that took her son’s life.

Dough from this tee goes to Ma Dukes.

Cop it here, or check their list of different stores and online retailers.

Related: The Battle for J Dilla’s Legacy (Vibe Article)

Happy Birthday to Dilla Dawg…