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RIP DILLA

RIP DILLA

A few years back I asked Black Thought—for the Roots cover story on the left, try to find it, it’s good—why he had so few collaborations with other MCs outside of the Roots camp. His answer:

“It’s cause people are scared to rock with me on their joints, I don’t know. You only going to work with motherf**ker’s that you know… It’s very rare…there is a couple of rare occasions where you just reach out to somebody you have no existing relationship with already to get them on a record but that’s not really how I tend to work. Yeah, a lot of people are scared and over the years it’s, ‘Why I’ma put somebody else on my record that’s so spectactular? It might sound mediocre.'”—Black Thought

What’s ill is that the Roots frontman somehow manage to sound humble while giving that answer. Anyway, the late great Big Pun wasn’t scared. Props to 2DopeBoyz.

September 9, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music | , , , , | Leave a comment

U-N-I’s A Love Supreme (FREE)

U-N-I

U-N-I

I’ve been digging these U-N-I cats out of Cali for a long minute now [II]. After listening to Thurzday and Y.O.’s music you can readily tell they’re official Hip-Hop purists. But rather than beating you over the head about why they’re so good (well, not too much), they let their music speak for themselves.

You can download their A Love Supreme project with producer Ro Blvd right here (via YoThurz.com). Do yourself a favor and go find their first album, Fried Chicken & Watermelon (2007). Hope they don’t get too mad at me for sharing my favorite track off that project, “The Show 2007,” below. Any group that can point the origin of their name to a Roots song (“UNIverse at War” f/ Common) is good money with me.

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Still Livin’ Through

RIP DILLA

RIP DILLA

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)

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Hip-Hop | , , , , , | Leave a comment