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Though their sounds were worlds apart, there are a lot of similarities between Tupac and Dilla. They both died too soon, they were both workaholics who cranked out new music nonstop, and they were both famous in life but ascended to iconic-deity status after they passed. Dilla left us in 2006, but his already gigantic discography has continued to grow, with posthumous projects like Jay Stay Paid, Rebirth of Detroit, and Jay Love Japan to name just a few. Sunset Blvd is the latest release, with 14 Dilla-produced tracks topped with rhymes from his brother Illa J and coconspirators like Guilty Simpson ("Go and Ask the DJ"), Talib Kweli ("Flowers"), and Common ("Quicksand"). The previously unreleased beats come from a private Delicious Vinyl stash, recorded between 1995 and 1998. They sound like classic Jay Dee: dusty drums, big bass bumps, and obscure samples galore. Whether you're a hardcore Dilla devotee or just a fan of high-quality hip-hop, this album doesn't disappoint.

Customer Reviews

Dilla Dilla Dilla…Beats Beats Beats

Full disclaimer—you won’t find a bigger Dilla fan on the face of the Earth. Since the production is all J Dilla beats, you kinda can’t go wrong. That said, some of these are straight bangers, but you can tell that some beats were old stale joints that Dilla Dog probably didn’t think were his best.

It’s still a nice album and all of the featured emcees kinda round it out nicely. It’s a well rounded project. Common definitely repped on the first single, “Quicksand,” and its b-side “Fisherman” is dope too with that signature Jay Dee production sound.

If nothing else, why not pick up more beats from the best to ever do it?

J dilla

Dilllllaaaaa

Dilla always prevails

Any album that features production by Dilla is guaranteed to be solid. This one is no different!

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '10s

Not so much a group as a one-off project, Yancey Boys is a tribute to the late J Dilla featuring the Detroit hip-hop producer's young brother, John "Illa J" Yancey, plus Dilla's longtime friend and frequent collaborator Frank Nitt. The name was first used in 2008 when Illa J's debut album, Yancey Boys, was released featuring Dilla's beats. In 2013, Nitt and Illa joined together as Yancey Boys for the "Quicksand" single featuring Common. The project's...
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