It's an all-Detroit-everything affair on Magnif's hypnotic new J Dilla-produced single, "The Last", the B-side to last year's "The Shining, Pt.2". The link to the Motor City doesn't end there, though; it features ill original artwork from Detroit artist Michelle Tanguay while Young RJ (of Slum Village) recorded & mixed the two songs.
From the dreamy vocal sample to the downright neck-breaking percussion, the beat on "The Last" is classic Dilla. And it's no surprise that Magnif's confident, smooth rhymes are such a natural complement, because their connection goes all the way back to 2003. That's when Magnif, as one-half of underground duo Lawless Element, worked with Dilla on several notable cuts. Their history in addition to the pure dopeness of "The Last" is an emotional reminder of what these two could have done together had Dilla not passed away in 2006.
The main & clean edit versions of each track can be purchased on iTunes, and will be available on 7-inch vinyl, coupled with the instrumental passes, on September 18th. Vinyl pre-order are now available, courtesy of Fat Beats.
"The Shining, Pt.2":