On November 30th, Illa J will release his new album, John Yancey, via Jakarta Records.
Where his last album, Home, was inspired by his hometown of Detroit. John Yancey takes inspiration from his move to Los Angeles—detailing the ups and downs of his relationships over the last 10 years and coming to terms with his brother’s (the late, great J Dilla) death.
“The original title of the album was 32 because my brother died at that age so it had a lot of meaning,” Illa J, who turned 32 this year, says. “But it makes sense that it ended up being called John Yancey because for so long in my career I felt like I was tryna be me and my brother, and I’m finally at peace. I’m not J Dilla’s younger brother Illa J, I’m James’ younger brother John.”
To help keep the campaign rolling, Illa J comes through with a video for his new single, “Enjoy the Ride.” Directed by Robert Winter, Mac Charghi Sulz and Jan Bastian Kumpfer.