Last night, when I published this I just wrote: "I am speechless. Check this area tomorrow, when I am sane."
Why? Well, I froze when trying to code this page to share this wonderful piece of history with all of you. I knew what I had just received in the mail, but I did not necessarily think about the magnitude of what I was about to do, what I was responsible for and when I did, I just froze.
J Dilla is like an art historian to me. His music has a style, format and design of its own. He is (because he still lives) someone that I look up like Claude Monet. Innovative, consistent and prolific. A man that spearheaded a sonic movement, much like the French impressionist paintings of Monet. Yesterday, I was given an unseen / unheard masterpiece by its curator to handle it with care and it was my duty to present it in such a way that he, the artist, might be proud of and most of all his family.
And now, I am crying. This has nothing to do with being a woman.
I'm not really sure what else to say except: Please keep helping us to support and spread the word about J Dilla's legacy and what's to come. His works deserve to be shown and taught in places of resplendent prestige like The Metropolitan Museum of Art one day. I want to visit with my grandchildren and tell them about this moment and the one that started this.
Delicious Vinyl is proud to announce the release of "The Throwaway" — the new single by Yancey Boys featuring Frank Nitt, produced by the late great J Dilla.
A digital-only release, "The Throwaway" is the initial offering from from what J Dilla Music Catalogue Curator Frank Nitt has dubbed 'The Lost Scrolls' — previously unreleased productions from the considerable body of work Dilla left behind. This particular premium production has been laced with new verses and hooks from Illa J (Dilla's younger brother) and Frank Nitt (Frank & Dank).
Dilla heads, fear no retreads. "The Throwaway" is a keeper. A heady grid of battle drums and keyboards cascade as Illa J steps up: "I'm so sick with the flow the doctor said I had the flu / they saw my eye of the tiger and sent me to the zoo...."
"When Illa J played me what he'd done with Dilla's track, I thought it was incredible," says Frank Nitt.
"I was suggesting other MC's who could jump on the track, but Illa told me he wanted me to rhyme on it, so who was I to disagree?" Indeed, Frank's verse is well worth it: "I am the beacon for which you came forth / I light up the path / I am the damn torch / so you can do it right or get burned..."
"Fact is, a lot of beats Dilla made were on tapes or discs that weren't always labeled with the date," explains Frank Nitt. "But I believe the beat for 'The Throwaway' dates from the mid-'90s, just from the tempo and where Dilla was at creatively. To me it feels like the heat he was giving the Pharcyde at that time."
As Dilla's disciples are well aware, Delicious Vinyl has significant history with the producer. In the mid-'90s, Dilla (then known as Jay Dee) placed his first beats on an official release on The Pharcyde album Labcabincalifornia (including the hit single "Runnin'") and remixes for Brand New Heavies. In 2009, Dilla's younger brother John "Illa J" Yancey laced a cache of previously unreleased Jay Dee beats to create the critically and popularly acclaimed Delicious Vinyl album Yancey Boys.
Now here comes "The Throwaway" — throwback fast rap, right on time.