Kanye West Talks J Dilla's Influence in Stones Throw Documentary Outtake
"We gotta make music and we think, ‘If Dilla was alive, would he like this?’ I have to work on behalf of Dilla."
The Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton was released on DVD/Blu-ray this week, and to mark its release, Rolling Stone has shared almost 30 minutes of outtakes from the film. The video includes an interview with Kanye West, who talks about how J Dilla has influenced his work.
Jaded Inc., 'Monster': Mayer Hawthorne & 14KT Snag J Dilla Beat for Debut Album
Being able to make an album together as Jaded Inc. would have been good enough for Mayer Hawthorne and 14KT, who grew up together in Michigan. But being able to include a track from the late J Dilla made the project a, well, “Monster” for the two music makers.
Questlove on Why J Dilla Was the Best Rap Producer of All Time
It was six years ago today (February 10) that J Dilla lost his fight with lupus and TTP. The Detroit native had already left a lasting mark on music, but seemed to only be scratching the surface of what he was capable of. Dilla lent his touch to tracks for A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Common, Mos Def, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, and, of course, The Roots, among others. The Philadelphia-based band’s drummer, Questlove, was a good friend of Dilla’s. He also happens to be one of the most knowledgeable, talented and celebrated musicians that hip-hop has to offer, having worked with everyone from hip-hop icons like Jay-Z to mainstream darlings like John Mayer and Christina Aguilera. He also thinks that his friend was the greatest rap producer of all time. Here, he helps celebrate Dilla’s legacy, as he tells XXL what it was about Jay Dee’s sound, style and approach that was so amazing. —As Told to Adam Fleischer (@adamXXL)
Joey Bada$$ has linked up with Akomplice clothing for a capsule collection that commemorates J Dilla's legacy. Included in this bundle is “Two Lips,” which features Joey rapping over an unreleased Dilla beat. 100% of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to the J Dilla Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Dilla’s mother Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey that provides musical instruments and music lessons to underprivileged children. They’re keeping the dream of music and hope alive. Joey Bada$$’ “Two Lips” will be released on November 29.