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Questlove Admits He Stopped Making Music Following J Dilla’s Passing

Questlove Admits he Stopped Making Music Following J Dilla's Passing

Questlove spoke during the A.S.C.A.P.’s I Create Music Expo on Friday and dropped gems as well as provided some insightful information. He also opened up about a dark time in his life that may shock many fans. The drummer revealed that he took an unofficial music hiatus following the passing of his close friend and […]

Check Out Curtis Roach’s “Black Boy Joy”

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Usually, teenage rappers are too busy making melodic tracks about nonsense: such as jewelry, drugs, and women. They also “usually” don’t provide any substance pertaining to lyricism. But 19-year-old rapper Curtis Roach, who hails from Detroit, Michigan, has proven to be the anomaly. Roach has preferred to have his music feature an old-school hip-hop/jazz vibe, […]

Happy Birthday To Renowned Hip-Hop Producer, The Late J Dilla

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The works of renowned hip-hop producer J Dilla or Jay Dee is one throws listeners into calm chills. Today (Feb. 7) the late producer would have turned 44 years old. Dilla has been a force to be reckoned with throughout the 90s due to his ability to craft a signature approach for hip-hop measures. It […]

According To Black Thought, He Is The Inventor of Mumble Rap

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Earlier this month, Black Thought hit viral circuit when he performed a 10-minute freestyle on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show. The Roots‘ lead lyricist made literal history as he spat over 2,000 words giving birth to an abundant amount of quote-worthy phrases. While the entire community of hip-hop lyrical enthusiasts praised Black Thought for setting […]

Ma Dukes Unveils New Children’s Book Chronicling Life of J Dilla

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It was during a sit down with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg that Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey announced the pending arrival of The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey, a children’s biography based on the life of her son, the late J Dilla. Honoring the legacy of one of hip-hop’s greatest producers, The Life Story of James Dewitt […]

Listen To An Unreleased J Dilla Mixtape

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A previously unreleased J Dilla mixtape has been shared online 17 years after its creation. Back to the Crib, made sometime between mid-1999 and early 2000, mixes music from artists including Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, The Doobie Brothers, Chaka Khan, Sade, and more. Peter Adarkwah, the co-founder of BBE Records, shared some background information on […]

Today in Hip Hop History: J Dilla Releases ‘The Shining’ 10 Years Ago


On this day in Hip Hop history, The Source celebrates the 10th anniversary of the late great J Dilla‘s first posthumous album The Shining. This relic of the culture is one of Hip Hop’s more cherished albums. In it’s “unfinished” glory, The Shining serves as the first LP that Jay Dee spits on since his debut Welcome […]

Checkout The Soundtrack List For Nas’ New Movie ‘The Land’

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After its debut at Sundance in February, The Land is finally set to hit theaters and On Demand on July 29. As exciting as this Nas produced film has us, the soundtrack may have us a little bit more excited than the movie itself. Last month we heard French Montana’s song “Figure It Out” featuring […]

Nas To Host ‘Live At The BBQ’ Concert In New York City

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New York City is gearing up to fire up the grill for Nas‘ annual Live at the BBQ in Central Park later this month. The event, which will be hosted by Nas and Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez, takes its name from the 1991 Main Source classic, “Live at the BBQ,” in which Nas made his rap debut. […]

Brooklyn Artist Nomi Ruiz Reveals New Visuals For “Bullet Proof” Off All Dilla Beats Mixtape

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Brooklyn native Nomi Ruiz was unfamiliar with J Dilla‘s work until his untimely death in 2006. Once she dove into his expansive catalog, she immediately gravitated towards his production skills. The result is the Borough Gypsy 2: Nomi x Dilla mixtape, which features the woman of transgendered origins singing over several of Dilla’s beats. The first single, “Bullet Proof,” […]

New Music: J Dilla ft. Nas ‘The Sickness’ (Prod. by Madlib)

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J Dilla‘s everlasting legacy in Hip Hop has garnered a new Madlib produced track that features Nas. The song was previewed at Mass Appeal’s SXSW showcase this year during Nas’ set. The song is on the album titled The Diary which was released this month by Mass Appeal. Along with Nas and Madlib, the album […]

Nas Previews New J Dilla and Madlib Collab


Last night, during  Nas‘ Mass Appeal showcase at SXSW, he shared some new music he has with J Dilla produced by Madlib.  The track, “The Sickness” features Jay Dee as well as production from Madlib and Dilla. Next month Mass Appeal is planning to release an album by the legendary Detroit producer J Dilla titled, The […]

J Dilla Fans Rejoice: Check Out A Never-Before-Heard Track With More To Come This April


Just over halfway through Black History Month, also dubbed a season to celebrate the life and legacy of the late J Dilla in conjunction with the legendary producer’s birthday, fans today [Thursday, February 18] were blessed with some wonderful news. The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay, presenting the imprint […]

Cool Nutz Teams Up With Slum Village And TOPE To Celebrate Dilla Month


The left coast has come correct to celebrate Dilla season, paying their respects through creating music inspired by the spirit of the late great producer and his legendary catalog. Portland’s Cool Nutz has linked with Detroit’s own Slum Village and Oakland-based producer TOPE to give the remix treatment to “Best & Worst,” which is set to appear on […]