The late, great J Dilla is rightly celebrated as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, in part because his ear for music was so diverse and expansive. From the smooth, soulful sound beds he laid down for A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, Common, The Roots, & D’Angelo to the hard-edged, synth-heavy tracks he crafted for Busta Rhymes, Jaylib, Oh No, & Phat Kat, Jay Dee’s music continued to grow & evolve throughout his brief lifetime.
As Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes explains:
“He didn’t come with a limited capacity, and real producers produce, produce, & produce. There are no formats for genius workers…just non-stop creations.”
Now, a fresh batch of those creations will be made available to the world, in the form of the latest official J Dilla release, ‘Dillatronic‘. Presented by Ma Dukes & Vintage Vibez Music Group, ‘Dillatronic‘ contains over 40 rare instrumentals that showcase Dilla’s undeniable electronic influences. J Dilla’s music was impacted by the diverse musical history of Detroit – the birthplace of Techno & one of the most important cities in the history of electronic music.
Young RJ (Dilla’s protégé & a member of Slum Village) says:
“You can hear it in songs like ‘Raise It Up’ for Slum Village or ‘Make It Hurt’ for Busta Rhymes. The Detroit influence is part of what gave him an edge in production.”
With today’s music sounding more electronic than ever, ‘Dillatronic‘ has a shockingly contemporary feel.
“These tracks are still ahead of their time sonically. The things producers are doing now, Dilla did that 15 years ago.”
As the years go by, Ma Dukes plans to continue presenting music fans with the untold chapters in Dilla’s ever-expanding legacy.
Ma Dukes says:
“I can smile in my heart, knowing my son’s work is being shared with the people as we planned before he passed. I only share the best, and I only hope to continue introducing the world to the genius of J Dilla.”
Available on CD, vinyl, & in three different deluxe packages, ‘Dillatronic‘ contains limited-edition Glow-In-The-Dark packaging and colored vinyl while supplies last. Deluxe items include a cassette, t-shirt, poster, record bag, & Moog Mini Voyager USB flash drive.
In other J Dilla news, early bird tickets are now available for the 2nd annual Dilla Weekend to be held February 5th – 7th in Miami, FL. Presented by Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes, this one-of-a-kind festival features performances from high-profile artists & DJs, producer panels, BBQs, meet & greets, and other events celebrating Jay Dee’s life & legacy…Order standard or deluxe tickets here!!!