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Super Dilla Sunday!

Jamesy Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla aka Dilla Dawg would have turned 36 today. While he left us with an unparalleled musical legacy, it's sad to think of how many more classics we would have been blessed with in the past 4 years. Happy birthday to one of the best that ever did it.

If you wish to actively celebrate the legacy, please check the J-Dilla Foundation (which helps fund music programs in inner-city shools) or you can also cop the Ma Dukes/Parra One/Stones Throw collab tee (of which proceeds will go to help Lupus research - the disease that took Dilla, and which is now threatening his mother, Maureen Yancey aka Ma Dukes)

And as a special treat, here's 5 Dilla joints that I think might be a little harder to find or for some reason went underappreciated. Enjoy!

Q-Tip - Let's Ride (Prod. By J Dilla), taken from Amplified

J-88 - Stupid Lies (Prod. BY J Dilla), taken from The Best Kept Secret

Jay Dee - Move (Prod. By J Dilla), B-side of the Fuck Tha Police 12"

J Dilla - Trucks (Prod. By J Dilla), taken from the shelved MCA album, Pay Jay

J Dilla - Oxtopus (Prod. By J Dilla), taken from the depths of the innernetz.


Back in Oklahoma, people feelin it alot.

Dude, my friends rule.

Check the teaser video for the upcoming Johnny Polygon album/mixtape, Rebel Without Applause (Out Feb. 14th).



Can i get a +1? I got my ego with me.

If you haven't already, I highly recommend grabbing my homie Emilio Rojas' mixtape, The Natural, hosted and overseen by DJ Green Lantern. This kid's stock is rising quickly and I predict a few majors will come knocking shortly.

Check the new new new remix of the lead single, Bold & Arrogant (prod. by M-Phazes) featuring some insano verses from Styles P & Asher Roth (including a clean version for all you DJs out there)

Bold & Arrogant (Remix) ft. Styles P & Asher Roth

Bold & Arrogant (Remix) ft. Styles P & Asher Roth [CLEAN]


Def Jux (2000-2010)

The only reason I moved to NY in the first place was to intern for these guys. It was a dream come true at the time, and looking back, I realize it was as formative for my adult life as my whole college experience. From my first tour, to my first time being on stage @ a sold out Bowery Ballroom, to learning the implications of being a music industry intern (sometimes trivial, sometimes overwhelming), every day with Jux was an adventure.

To El, Amaechi, Jesse, all the artists and all the Office Jukies, you are all family and I thank you for the opportunity and experience. I sincerely wish you all the best with what lays ahead.

While every good thing must eventually come to an end, it only means the beginning of a new chapter. Onwards and upwards, Jukies!


(taken on the pre-Revenge Of The Robots tour, in ATL in 2002 - Peace to El, Lif, RJ, SA Smash)


Anti-Pop Lessons

For years, Anti-Pop Consortium have been releasing the type of hip hop that immediately demands your attention yet requires multiple listens (and close studying) to really decipher the genius being blasted to your brain. Having been championed by tastemaker labels such as Dan The Automator's now defunct 75Ark, Warp and Ninja Tune/Big Dada, there is no doubt of the importance of their contribution in pushing hip hop forward.

In an effort to help more people fully understand what it takes to live Anti-Pop, founding member High Priest aka HPrizm started a new blog called BangoutSessions, where he discusses production tools and techniques (complete with video tutorials and gear reviews), puts you up on the best music you're probably never heard and even has special guests drop by to participate.

If you love APC's music as much as I do, you might be interested to get a sneak peek at where they get their fire from, how they create and just as important, how damn funny they are!



Hip Hip, Jihae!

I was recently put on to this girl, Jihae (pronounced Jee-Hay), and was immediately drawn to her quasi Nico-esque vocal stylings but once i checked out her website, I stayed for the experience.

And she's a model, which never hurt anyone, did it?

Her website is a playground and her sense of aesthetic is impeccable. She has a new album coming out in the summer and hopefully I'll be a part of the team that brings it to you.



Gaga done smashed the game...

Not that i'm the biggest fan of her music, but I do love the fact that other pop artists must now change their game to stay relevant.

Most recent, and most fascinating, example comes from the Genie In The Bottle herself, Xtina. While the visuals are a little too reminiscent of the Fame Monster, the sound is what really has me tempted to pick up my first Xtina album. Let's hope this is where Pop music is headed.



Bisco Smith X Blockhead


The god Blockhead came through with a crazy frantic remix for Bisco's newest single, Fresh Water.

Bisco Smith IS art, and also one of the first So Valid artists. I'm proud to be associated with his creative output and hope you'll be as excited about his bright future as I am.

Now check some free tunes, and support by checking for the full length over at iTunes.


Nobody beats the Diz

I know this came out way back in April, but the homie Jon Master recently reminded me of this Diz Gibran mixtape and how DAMN good it is! Somehow I feel this went largely unnoticed, so in case you missed it the first time around, like I did, you should now check it.

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