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Music, All Shook Down After Years in a Storage Unit, J Dilla's Last, Unreleased Album, <i>The Diary</i>, Sees The Light of Day

After Years in a Storage Unit, J Dilla's Last, Unreleased Album, The Diary, Sees The Light of Day

J Dilla fans rejoice! Last Friday, April 15, The Diary, an entire, unreleased J Dilla album, was released for free on SoundCloud thanks to Mass Appeal Records and Dilla's company PayJay. The album is the last batch of unreleased material…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy Dilla Day: Celebrate at Mighty Tonight With "This One is For Dilla"

Happy Dilla Day: Celebrate at Mighty Tonight With "This One is For Dilla"

In the nine years since game-changing rapper-producer J Dilla died at age 32 from a rare blood disease, his hometown of Detroit has annually marked his birthday (today, Feb. 7) with a daylong show, party, and celebration of his considerable…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Gifts For Hip-Hop Heads

Five Gifts For Hip-Hop Heads

Holiday shopping can be a crap-shoot, and coming up with a unique idea is sometimes the hardest thing to do. With that in mind, here's a short list of items for the hip-hop fan in your life. (You might even…
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Music, Hear This Madlib: Show Preview

Madlib: Show Preview

If eating dinner is anything like making music for Otis Jackson Jr., the man must never leave the goddamn table. The California producer/rapper best known as Madlib has the kind of overflowing discography that indicates a compulsive drive to create.…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>Distortion 2 Static</i>'s Top Five Celebrity Guests

Distortion 2 Static's Top Five Celebrity Guests

During its 10-year run, the Distortion 2 Static hip-hop TV show graduated from profiling local upcoming artists to chatting it up with rap superstars. Started by Prince Aries, Ariel Nuñez and DJ Haylow, the show signed off on its broadcast…
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Music, All Shook Down J Dilla's 10 Greatest Remixes

J Dilla's 10 Greatest Remixes

Deceased hip-hop producer J Dilla, né Jay Dee, first asserted himself on the rap radar with his group Slum Village. Lauded by luminaries Q-Tip and ?uestlove, the Detroit-based trio of Dilla, T3, and Baatin (also sadly deceased) are held…
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Music, All Shook Down Mochilla's B Plus on <i>Endtroducing</i>, J-Dilla, and the Last Ten Years of Hip-Hop Photography

Mochilla's B Plus on Endtroducing, J-Dilla, and the Last Ten Years of Hip-Hop Photography

Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker Brian Cross (or B+, as he's commonly known) has blazed a distinct path through independent media over the past two decades. A native of Limerick, Ireland, Cross moved to L.A. in the early '90s and…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy Birthday Deejay Jay Dee: Listen to a Full-Length Jazz Cover of 'Donuts'

Happy Birthday Deejay Jay Dee: Listen to a Full-Length Jazz Cover of 'Donuts'

Today would have been the 37th birthday of James Yancey, the Detroit producer better known as (a) Jay Dee, (b) J Dilla, and (c) the stylistic architect for an entire generation of hip-hop heads, member of Slum Village, occasional rhymer,…
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Music, All Shook Down A Night of J Dilla Featuring ISM and the Fan-Tas-Tics at Madrone Art Bar

A Night of J Dilla Featuring ISM and the Fan-Tas-Tics at Madrone Art Bar

A Night of J Dillafeaturing ISM and The Fan-tas-tics @ Madrone Art Bar July 28, 2010 Better than: A night of Steve Milla.James Yancey, a.k.a. Jay Dee, a.k.a. J Dilla, is somewhere between 2Pac and Pimp C in the running…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: Pete Rock & J. Rocc

Concert preview: Pete Rock & J. Rocc

During hip-hop's golden era in the '90s, New York producer-DJs like Pete Rock highlighted the artistry of '70s soul-jazz and funk by collecting and sampling beats from those genres' records. Resulting anthems like 1991's "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" —…
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Music, BeatBox Madlib

Madlib

Otis Jackson Jr., known to fans as Madlib, isn't a conventional DJ. He'd rather play essential soul oldies, rare Brazilian cuts, and gritty hip-hop beats by his Stones Throw Records' friends Oh No and the late James "J-Dilla" Yancy than…
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Music, Busdriver drives against the flow

Busdriver drives against the flow

Regan Farquhar, who has been rhyming under the name Busdriver for more than 15 years, has a good sense of direction. He wants things to go right, even if he goes left. The prolific Los Angeles MC has spent two…
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Music, Reviewed Yesterdays New Quintet

Yesterdays New Quintet

Yesterdays New Quintet isn't comprised of five people. The act is all Madlib, the Los Angeles producer who seemingly never sleeps. How else to explain his über-prolific output? In the past year, he's released four albums -- collaborations with Jay…
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Music, Reviewed Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

It's strange to think of Quality as a coming-out party for Talib Kweli, since an artist as respected as Kweli shouldn't need one. In the late '90s the thoughtful MC (whose name combines Arabic and Ghanaian to mean "seeker of…
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Music, Slum Village

Slum Village

The hip hop community has been anticipating the coming of Slum Village's commercial debut with the same fervor Christians await the availability of a newly discovered gospel. And like the arrival of a sacred text, there have been countless unauthorized…
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