Well everyone, it’s getting closer to the time of the year where we get to celebrate the life of James “J Dilla” Yancey…DILLA MONTH! Although throughout the year, his presence is known, felt and most definitely appreciated, there are the 2 days we respectfully acknowledge; his birthday, Feb. 7, 1974 and the day he began resting peacefully, Feb. 10, 2006. We have been overwhelmed with the amount of remixes and mixes DJs have put together of anything and everything Dilla had his hands on, and I can honestly say we NEVER get tired of old ones and look forward to hearing new ones. On that note, here is a 35 minute mix DJ Rhettmatic put together a while back called “WHATUPDOE”. Short and sweet…Thank you Rhettmatic, and Thank you Jay Dee.
Check out what Rhett had to say about this mix after the jump…
“February is the month that everybody usually connects Valentine’s Day with. But for me & for some other people, we consider February “Dilla Month”, because it is the month that our fallen brother and one of the greatest Hip Hop producers of all time, James D. Yancey aka J Dilla, was born & passed away on that same month (Feb. 7, 1974 – Feb. 10, 2006).
In honor & to celebrate the life & music of the honorable “Dill Withers”, i decided to put my bid in for a tribute mix. I know there’s going to be alot of Dilla tribute mixes out there, but i thought it doesn’t hurt to add another one. Plus the Funky President himself, J.Rocc, asked me to do some exclusive mixes for his blog (www.stoneyjackson.blogspot.com), so why not do a Dilla mix. It is appropriate given the occasion. Personally, i don’t think there’s no out there that can do a better J Dilla mix than my fellow Beat Junkie, J.Rocc…..the closest one next to him I would say is my brother from another mother, “Detroit’s Finest” own, Dj Houseshoes, but yeah, here’s my input.
Anyways, this is a mini mega mix of some of Dilla’s songs & production. I originally did this as a 10 minute mix for the mixtape project that J.Rocc, Houseshoes, & myself did with Dave New York 2 years ago to help out Mrs. Maureen Yancey aka Ma Dukes, Dilla’s mother…..an incredible lady (if y’all know the name of the mix cd project, go head & get it……) So I extended this mix from 10 minutes to 35 minutes. It was pretty much impossible for me to get everything that Dilla did on this mix (he has such a big discography, it’s ridiculous), especially for the fact I wanted to finish this before his birthday in such a short period of time. Of course, you’ll hear some of the classic songs that Dilla has produced in the mix, but you’ll also get to here some Dilla beats that you might have or have not heard before, and a live recording of Dilla performing “F*ck The Police” at one of his show in Europe (Paris, France to be exact) on his last tour ever (I was lucky & honored to be his tour dj for his last performances).” – Rhettmatic