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Today In Hip Hop History: Remembering J Dilla 10 Years Later


On this date in 2006, James Dewitt Yancey better known as J Dilla lost his battle with Lupus and died from cardiac arrest in his home in Los Angeles. The Detroit beatmaker extraordinaire was only 32 years old. Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information He passed away just three days after his 32nd born day, but managed […]

The Power Behind Music

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Why is music important? Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information   ‘‘If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music’’ ― Albert Einstein Advertisement I was once asked, ‘‘why is music important?’’ It was, […]

The Light In Hip Hop: A Reflection On The Words & Works Of Common

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A talent that is not Common Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information We all have that one artist or group that gave us that pivotal moment in our affair with hip-hop. A track or beat that caught you, captured you and captivated you in such a way that you were left wanting more. Intrigued by his […]

J Dilla’s MPC Has A New Home: The Smithsonian

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J Dilla’s name is ubiquitous in hip hop and production, widely concerned one of the greatest artists to come from the genre. During a career that spanned over a decade, he helped to create a slew of classics, with artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, Common, and Black Star. Unfortunately, he was taken from us in 2006, […]

16 Knapp Provides Hip-Hop With Some International Flavor


Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Norwegian music producer 16 Knapper has spent years as a graffiti artist and skateboarder but after a lifestyle change and armed with his beloved MPC and a collection of records, he now humbly considers himself just another bedroom music producer. Influenced by the likes of J Dilla, Araabmuzik, The Alchemist […]

Where In The World Is Charles Hamilton? Apparently Perusing The Harlem Streets

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Back in 2009, Charles Hamilton was gearing up to be one of the biggest names in the game; he was on the covered  XXL Freshman list, had a string of critically acclaimed mixtapes, and had just inked a deal with Interscope. Then everything mysteriously disappeared. After a series of low quality rushed projects and a number of embarrassing viral […]

Sean Price ft Labba, Rim & ILLA Ghee “Barbiturates” [Prod J. Dilla]

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Sean the barbarian returns with a new bar laced cut featuring some other heavy spitters over a J.Dilla production.  Sean Price is pretty much the model of consistency when it comes to verses and the responsibility of rocking over a Dilla beat is always heavy, it’s nice to see that those who accompany him on […]

New Music From De La Soul – ‘Dilla Plugged In’

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Just one day after the 25th anniversary of their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul pays homage to Detroit’s J Dilla by releasing, “Dilla Plugged In.” Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information “Dilla Plugged In” will be featured on De La Soul’s upcoming mix tape, Smell The D.A.I.S.Y., which will feature production from Dilla. De La […]

J Dilla’s Donuts Book By Jordan Ferguso

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Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information “Author Jordan Ferguson interviewed pretty much everyone associated with the album’s creation – Stones Throw’s PB Wolf, Jeff Jank, Eothen Alapatt – and many of Dilla’s associates in his L.A. and Detroit years. The book is not merely a behind the scenes look at the creation of Donuts, but a […]

Return to The Fifth Dynasty: A Look Back At “Things Fall Apart”


Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information “Inevitably, hip-hop records are treated as though they are disposable. They are not maximized as product, not to mention as art,” concludes “Act Won,” the foreboding intro track from Things Fall Apart. It sets the stage for the brooding assault on mainstream industry and the self-referential rumination on Black culture that is […]

Slum Village Will Donate All Proceeds From New Single To J Dilla’s Children

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Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information After being released nearly a week ago via Noisey, Slum Village’s new Jay Dee-produced single, “Yes Yes”, has already amassed hundreds of thousands of plays. Yesterday, the camp and Dilla’s “Yancey Media Group” made a very special announcement, stating that the song was now available for download and 100% of the […]

New Slum Village Produced By Jay Dee? “Yes Yes”

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Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information To commemorate what would’ve been the 40th birthday of one of Hip-Hop’s and music’s greatest artists, James Dewitt Yancey aka J Dilla, Slum Village took an unreleased Jay Dee beat and vocal sample, and turned it into a new favorite song of mine to unwind to. Illa J, Young RJ, […]

Stussy X J Dilla Spring/Summer 2014 Capsule Collection

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Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information Check out this new Stussy x J Dilla capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2014 paying homage to J Dilla. The limited edition collection includes a white short-sleeved T-shirt and a black long-sleeved T-shirt with a black and white portrait of Dilla with a Stussy crown on his head.  These Stussy x J […]

Phife Returns With A Song Dedicated To J Dilla

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Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information In 2006, the world lost one of its greatest musicians, but more importantly an amazing man: J Dilla. One of the most influential producers in hip hop, he still remains one of the most important and ofttimes compared beat smiths the genre has encounter. He helped craft the soulful sounds of […]