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j dilla obey print 405x540 10 Facts About J. Dilla You Might Not Know

It was on this day five years ago that James DeWitt Yancey, known to music fans worldwide as Jay Dee or J Dilla, left this earth far too soon at age 32 because of complications from the autoimmune disorder lupus. One of the most prodigious production talents hip-hop has ever witnessed, Dilla’s legacy was uniquely multi-faceted: hit-maker for the likes of Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Common, Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, etc.; underground hero for his dual Fantastic voyages with his hometown Conant Gardens, Detroit crew Slum Village; sonic innovator, whose classic later efforts Ruff Draft, Jaylib (collaborative album with Madlib), and Donuts defined an aesthetic for a generation of listeners and beat-icians. Indeed, J Dilla changed our lives. And in homage we present a few facts you might not have known about his storied life. Raise it up for one of the all-time greats. J Dilla 4ever.

Chairman Mao penned this article, which reveals some pretty interesting facts. Read it here.

Related: The story behind the Donuts album cover

R.I.P. J. Dilla

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ComplexMag 450x618 Maffew Ragazino   Complex Mind Of Paul Pierce (prod. by DJ Scratch)

Maffew goes hard over this Scratch produced banger. If you want to check out his new mixtape Rare Gems, download it here.

Download: Maffew Ragazino – Complex Mind Of Paul Pierce (prod. by DJ Scratch)

Via Nah Right.

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game dre 540x348 The Making Of Games The Documentary

By 2005, it had literally been over a decade since a new West Coast rapper had made a huge national impact. If Jaceyon “The Game” Taylor was going to break the dry spell, he’d need help. Luckily for the Compton Blood with a Yonkers flow and a G-Unit affiliation, he had Dr. Dre beats, 50 Cent hooks, and an Eminem feature for his debut album, The Documentary. In addition, with production from a diverse array of A-list beatmakers like Buckwild, Havoc, Just Blaze, Timbaland, Hi-Tek, and Cool & Dre, the album’s geographical ambiguity only increased its appeal. Game also continued G-Unit’s tradition of making gangsta-ass albums that had big pop smashes with “How We Do” and “Hate It or Love It.”

When the highly-anticipated project dropped on January 18, 2005 and the first week numbers of almost 600,000 CDs moved came back, the drought was over. Unfortunately, so was Game’s time as a member of G-Unit as him and 50 fell out shortly after. As their beef escalated and became uglier, questions started emerging about how much Dre actually produced, how much help 50 provided, and just how much Game did. The fact remains, The Game’s The Documentary is a classic album. Six years after its release, Complex decided to speak with the album’s key contributors to try and answer everything else.

Check the article here.

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phonte Phonte   Tigallos Unreleased Jams Yo (Mixtape)

Alright, the title may be unofficial as hell but here’s some truth. Last night, Khrysis unearthed a collaboration between him & Phonte. Once Phonte got the int, he took to his account and started letting go of tracks from his aborted solo album Tigallo Must Die plus other rarities & b-sides. There’s passed up tracks by Nas & Memphis Bleek, collaborations with RJD2, a faux Curtis Mayfield impersonation between Phonte & 9th Wonder and even a hilarious attempt at RZA doing “We Are The World” for Haiti.

Instead of going track by track, we’ve uploaded a nicely packaged .zip file for the boys and girls.

Courtesy of Day & A Dream. Tracklist, track info & download link after the jump.

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Live on East Village Radio last night, DJ Eclipse played a Wild Pitch Records themed set with demos & freestyles from 94/95 from some of the label’s’ artists as well as the usual classics. Guest callers included Chill Rob G, DJ Premier and MC Serch.
Stream the show here.

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sas armandhammers cover450 Strong Arm Steady   Arms & Hammers (Tracklist & Preview)

Preview Strong Arm Steady’s new album in the player below, and hit continue reading to check out the album tracklist & production credits.
Arms & Hammers in stores February 22nd.

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The Showoff Records CEO sat down with BLOW! to breakdown how he got into hip hop and how his love for production has made him the force he is today. With a humble beginning Statik has laid the ground work and made important relationships which have put him in a position to push real hip hop to the fore-front.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff steps up to the decks to perform his famous transform scratch and explains it’s origins. Q-Bert, Revolution, and Jazzy Jeff finally get into a roundtable discussion about the intricacies of the transform.

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200640a3f6749cb6193d8d20e98ec6ea 540x436 J.Rocc   Some Cold Rock Stuff

This is the debut album of original music from one of the original turntablists, the longtime DJ for Madlib and the late J Dilla, and our pick for world’s greatest hip-hop DJ.

But this is not a “DJ album”. Not a “beat album”. Not a mix tape. This is an original work of instrumental hip-hop … electronic music … dance music … smoke tracks … assorted cold rock stuff.

J. Rocc first made his name as co-founder of The World Famous Beat Junkies in the 1990s with Rhettmatic, Melo D, DJ Babu and Shortkut, becoming a seminal force in the rise of turntablism and instrumental hip-hop. He went on to host The Fantastic Four Radio show on L.A.’s Power 106, perform as the third member of Madlib & J Dilla’s Jaylib, and tour the world as a solo artist, DJ and producer.

Some Cold Rock Stuf also contains a “mystery disc”, one of three mystery discs included in different copies of the album. No track list is provided for the “mystery disc” and the CD label does not distinguish one mystery disc from the other.

The vinyl release is a 3/LP set – album and mystery disc – with a triple gatefold, double sided poster, and sticker sheet. The CD is double disc (album and mystery disc) packaged in a custom-made 12-panel digipack. Album illustration by Gustavo Eandi, design by Jeff Jank.

As always, Stones Throw pays a lot of attention to cover design. Check more images of J.Rocc’s new LP on their website, and listen to one of the joints from the album below.

Download: J.Rocc – Some Cold Rock Stuff

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ELECTRIC AVENUE supported by EXIT FESTIVAL Flyer Electric Avenue @ Sirup (Zagreb)

DJ Line-up:

FILIP MOTOVUNSKI (Kingstoned/Junglexpeditions, Motovun)


DAWEED (Electric Ave./Chew the Fat! Croatia, Zagreb)

+ Dance performance by THE CHEEBA CHIXXX

Upad: 10 kn < 00:00 > 20 kn

Happy hours: 22:00 – 00:00 (sva cuga u pola cijene)

File under: D’n’B, jungle, dancehall, grime, hip-hop & R’n’B

Nakon prošlogodišnjih gostovanja breakbeat legende Krafty Kutsa, te britanske electro-house senzacije Punk Rolle, organizatori Electric Avenue programa ovaj put priređuju vrhunsku zabavu uz neke od najtraženijih domaćih DJa. Tako ćete u novom izdanju Electric Avenue-a imati priliku poslušati Filipa Motovunskog, jednog od najtalentiranijih dnb/jungle DJa i producenta današnjice, te DJ Highgrade-a koji će za vas odvrtiti najbolje od dancehalla i grime-a. Tu je kao i uvijek, Daweed aka DMT, resident DJ programa, koji će ovom prigodom za vas puštati dobre stare klasike iz «zlatnog doba» hip-hopa. A kao šećer na kraju, pripremili smo posebno iznenađenje, premijerni nastup plesne skupine The Cheeba Chixxx iz Zagreba. Upad je samo 10 kuna do ponoći i 20 kuna nakon toga, a u razdoblju od 22:00 do 00:00 možete popiti svu cugu u pola cijene. Svakako treba istaknuti i to da je ovaj event jedan od službenih promo partya za nadolazeći Exit Festival koji se održava 7.-10.7.2011. u Novom Sadu. Stoga vam preporučamo da nikako ne propustite ovu jedinstvenu zabavu koja vas očekuje u srijedu, 16.2. u zagrebačkom klubu Sirup.

U nastavku posta provjerite kako zvuči KRS-ov Sound Of Tha Police u remixu Filipa Motovunskog.

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