Posts tagged J Dilla
I feel like the beat is too minimal on this joint, but you know I love gritty raps. But feels like a 90′s mixtape cut at best.
Rae speaks on his growth as a person, his feelings towards moving drugs today and collaborating with Beanie Siegal. (PS I heard the Beanie song – provisionally called ‘Have Mercy’ – emotion like ‘This Can’t Be Life’ on the Hov album, stellar verse, great delivery).
‘i sold drugs half my life…for me drugs is for suckers…it’s the snitch millennium…it’s over with, let it go, go get a job’
‘people wanna see a me and siegal before the see a me [...] and T.I. – T.I. is nice, but I don’t see us in the same bracket… I see me and Beans being in the same bracket’
On working with Dr. Dre, speaking on his involvement in Detox, his expectations on sales, and how he set the vibe for OBFCL2 vs OBFCL1.
‘[Dre] was just excited with the album… I wasn’t really thinking about [Detox]‘
‘I don’t really give a fuck about the record sales shit, I already set my mark, If it do 10million, I’m happy, i’m gna still be the same rae, if it do 10,000 at least I know I gave dudes a solid album’
‘[sales figures] is rigged up, labels have relations with the retailers, shit is crooked, like the government’
How Raekwon the Chef was introduced to J Dilla via Busta Rhymes, and how Busta has been a true friend to Rae during his dark times with the clan.
‘out of everybody in the game, I can say that man was there for me…he was a REAL good friend…i respect Busta’
Also, on his phone compliments to J Dilla, and how the RZA sound was so well interpreted. Also on making Busta Exec Producer, and how RZA helped get Elton Johns sample on the project.
A complex breakdown over the studio sessions with the Wu, and being hated on whilst clan members were actually recording for OBFCL2
‘Wu-Tang have a love / hate relationship…you love your brothers …sometime you can’t fuck with them’
‘When I made this album, I kind of felt a little jealously going on, I felt a little stagnation in the love…dudes started to get jealous’
‘I think everybody respects Wu-Tang Clan, but they might not love every individual….’
‘There have been plenty of times where I really had to look at dudes like “you sorry mfker, you just disrespectful in your own way”…’
An excellent time was had by myself at the J Dilla tribute club night held at London’s Cargo Nightclub on Feb 15th 09. Right from 7pm, the queues were unbelievably massive (a SUNDAY!).
Inside, the place became gridlocked very quickly, and the DJ sets ended up becoming some of the dopest selection of music I have heard played continuously, throughout my clubbing lifetime. Harry Love, Marc Mac (4 Hero) and others were all there dropping good sets, and there was also a very special original breaks set spun at the start, dropping all kinds of knowledge. But I have to specifically mention DJ Rags who smashed the place like crazy with his set. He was playing to the crowds with some of the classic hip hop joints and crowd pleasing breaks that Dilla is renowned for with some tight mixing. This was some furious business, and was the highlight of the evening for me.
And what made the night so good was just being part of a mass of people that shared the same respect and enthusiasm for Dilla’s discography, including much of his obscure work. It was a glorious sight for example to see the whole venue applaud the Over The Breaks joint when that was dropped. The is the most unlikeliest club track! This happened time after time with so many other joints, you take away alot of positive that actually there is a base of people out there who do appreciate these kind of tunes, a refreshing perspective to what is generally popular in hip hop today.
And the party took on another level, when the classic Tribe, Busta, Slum Village joints were all dropped. When Q Tip’s Let Ride got played, much of the place went into intense moshpit mode, and I have never seen such a reaction to that track before.
Respects to all those involved with the night.
Posted by Broken Soul Boy.
Mixtape Name: Dillagence
Artists: Mick Boogie, Busta Rhymes, J Dilla
Reviewer: G.D. (lovesoul.TV Reader Review)
The link to the Dillagence story, mixtape and tracklisting is here
Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing at important moments in history. This reviewer will always remember where he was and what he was doing on 10th February 2006, when news broke that J Dilla had passed away after suffering with an incurable blood disease; at home re-listening for perhaps the tenth time to Dilla’s ‘Donuts’, trying to understand how exactly Dilla had created the musical landscapes on what is now regarded as one of the greatest instrumental Hip-Hop albums of all time. A slew of tribute tracks and mixtapes have since been released, however none have garnered as much hype as the recently released ‘Dillagence’ a collaboration between mixtape king Mick Boogie and long time Dilla collaborator and Hip-Hop superstar Busta Rhymes.
The mixtape is a melange of old Dilla productions and a previously unreleased Dilla beats, with vocals from Busta Rhymes and a number of guest collaborators. From the outset though it is clear that the star of the show is the unmistakeable Dilla production, from the heavy thudding bass line of ‘Code of the Streets’ to the trademark drums and hand claps of ‘Takin’ what’s Mine’, Dilla’s beats sound as fresh and raw as ever. That rawness is additionally felt in the final mix for which Busta feels obliged to explain, fans however of the late great producer will need no such explanation, knowing that he liked his music to ‘sound like its straight from the mother****in cassette.’ Busta’s belief that this rawness was down to an eagerness on his part to spit on new Dilla beats straight from the beat CD, does however give the listener an insight into why the emcee puts in a performance full of energy and charisma, that harkens back to the Busta Rhymes of ‘The Coming’ and ‘When Disaster Strikes’. Bar a few embarrassing choruses and forgettable contributions from Papoose and Cassidy, Busta Rhymes sounds hungry and rejuvenated over Dilla’s beats, something that has been lacking from his more recent discography.
The general outlook that ‘Donuts’ beats should be left as instrumentals could only have been strengthened with the poor reworking of ‘Lightworks’ that appeared in the recently released ‘Peanut Butter Wolf presents 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War’ featuring lacklustre performances from Talib Kweli and Q-Tip, and which now finds itself on the mixtape. However, perhaps surprisingly Rah Digga’s performances on ‘Best That Ever Did It’ and ‘The Range’ provide evidence to the contrary, as her flow and lyrics fit perfectly into the lush Dilla production. One of the biggest highlights though must be the contribution of Raekwon on ‘Baggage Handlers’ with its chorus of “Yo its Cuban Linx 2 mutha****ers!” that will serve only to increase anticipation for his long awaited follow up.
One can only have respect for Busta Rhymes and Mick Boogie for releasing such a quality project in tribute to a producer that was largely slept on in his own time. Those who have never knowingly heard of Dilla will find this a fitting introduction to one the greatest producers to have graced Hip-Hop, and will hopefully be encouraged to seek out other Dilla works. For this reviewer, ‘Dillagence’ is a welcome addition to the Dilla collection, and has acted as a catalyst for me to go back and re-listen to ‘Donuts’ for the fiftieth time and try to understand how exactly he created those musical landscapes. Methinks that it is a futile exercise, genius has no explanation.
The tape is finally out:
And here is the tracklist:
you can also download the Mick Boogie/Kanye West Mixtape on our previous post.