Slum Village‘s T3 recently revealed his group’s collection of unreleased J Dilla beats, announcing plans to pursue a compilation disc of the late producer’s music.
The Detroit-based emcee detailed the status of a Dilla-only project.
“We’re trying to work out the legal things,” T3 said in an interview. “We definitely got a couple of those joints…If we can get past the legal thing, it will happen. I’m hoping that this is the year [his mother] gets everything sorted out so we can finally release the project. I mean, it’s up in the air for right now because the lawyers and all that. That’s really the problem on that situation…We got some stuff that nobody got. No, we got a lot of stuff that nobody got…We got some special pieces that ain’t nobody got but it’s not as much as people think but we still got a nice little catalogue.” (Hip Hop Game)
Dilla was known for his trend-setting production and soulful sound that made him a producer’s producer.
Ron Watts, Detroit rapper Phat Kat, said Dilla’s unique style in which he blended claps, drum machines and samples helped change the sound of modern hip-hop. “That’s really where all the other cats are getting that style,” Watts said. “It came from the soul, old Detroit soul music.” Dilla contributed tracks to the Pharcyde‘s 1995 album Labcabincalifornia. He also produced much of A Tribe Called Quest‘s The Love Movement in 1998 and worked with Common on several albums. (Associated Press)
The producer passed away just over three years ago.
It is with great sorrow that the Family and Friends of J Dilla announces his spiritual transition on the morning of February 10th, 2006 in the loving arms of his mother, Maureen Yancey. J Dilla had suffered for over three years with an incurable blood disease, and had also been diagnosed with lupus. (Stones Throw)
Aside from Slum’s Dilla project, the beatmaker’s legacy has been celebrated by a variety of rap stars.
Nas, Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, Redman and Method Man are among the many rap heavyweights participating in Rock The Bell’s charity auction starting December 2008. Offering a collection of items from artists who attended the 2008 Rock the Bells tour, the company will aim to raise profits to donate to the American Diabetes Association honoring A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg, who suffers from the disease and also make contributions in memory of the late producer J Dilla and former Motown Records president Jheryl Busby who recently passed away. (SOHH)