Still Livin’ Through
This Roots cover meant a lot to the kid being that it was my first for what I’d say was a prominent publication since Scratch Magazine was owned by Harris Publications (XXL, King, Guns & Ammo, et al.). No disrespect to the folks at Elemental Magazine, who blessed me with my first feature stories and ill cover looks with Pharoahe Monch, the Beatnuts and Mobb Deep, amongst others, before its owners bailed on like, everyone. That’s a story for another post, though.
Anyway, the cover, and issue in general, was especially dear to me since not only was it a damn good story on Jimmy Fallon’s new band but also included was an interview I conducted a couple of months prior with the late, great James “J Dilla/Jay Dee” Yancey. We had actually been holding the story, waiting to get another follow up interview with the man—really, no amount of time talking beats with Dilla could be enough—but unfortunately we got word of his passing while EIC Jerry Barrow was locking in the Roots story.
Bittersweet circumstances for sure—we even got hate mail for not putting Dilla on the cover instead (note: we considered, and honestly that move might have shuttered the doomed magazine even sooner)—but as devout Dilla followers before it was fashionable I think we did the man justice.
[Audio http://www.archive.org/download/Dynamite_183/06Dynamite.mp3%5D The Roots “Dynamite!” (Prod. by J Dilla)
Quotes that didn’t make the Roots story (via Scratch Blog)
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