The late, great J Dilla will forever be celebrated as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, and rightfully so. The legendary producer was behind an immense amount of classics from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Slum Village, and countless others.
Dilla’s mark in hip-hop history is well documented, and just as his mother Ma Dukes explains, “He didn’t come with a limited capacity, and real producers produce, produce, and produce. There are no formats for genius workers… just non-stop creations.” One minute he was providing a soulful soundbed for Ghostface Killah (“Whip Me With A Strap”), and the next, he was lacing Common with a funky, piano-driven thumper (“Dooinit”). The Detroit native was always working, and one look at his extensive catalog can attest to that.
Now, a fresh batch of 40 rare and unreleased instrumentals will be released to the world, in the form of Dilla Dawg’s latest official release, Dillatronic. Presented by Ma Dukes and Vintage Vibez Music Group, the collection of beats will showcase the producer’s undeniable electronic influences (which showed up on tracks like Busta Rhymes’ “Make it Hurt” and Slum Village’s “Raise it Up”), that derived from the diverse musical history of Detroit – the birthplace of Techno and one of the most important cities in the history of electronic music.
Dillatronic drops on October 30th and the first taste can be heard below. Check it out and pre-order the LP here.