J Dilla – Anthology Vol. 1

Anyone who is familiar with my Soundtrack knows that one artist stands above all. That is producer/rapper James Yancey, better known to the world as J Dilla.

Dilla passed away in early 2006 due to complications arising from his battle with TTP, a rare blood disorder, and Lupus. This wasn’t another case of a rapper senselessly gunned down; this was the tragic loss of one of the genre’s true geniuses. While at the University of Waterloo, I wrote an extended obituary to my fallen hero. Though it comes off as embarrassingly amateur, the write-up is still available here if you are looking for a quick catch-up on his history.

The reason I bring this up now is I recently found a link to the first volume of a three-part posthumous anthology of Dilla’s work that was released earlier this year.

I’d first like to say that I advocate supporting his work more than anyone else in the industry (the struggles of his estate due to massive medical bills have been well documented.) But for any of my Taiwan brethren or anyone who might not have access to this type of album at the local HMV, this serves as an excellent introduction to his work. Whether of not you were aware of Dilla Dawg’s involvment in such classics as The Pharcyde’s “Runnin'” or Common’s “The Light,” this is a good chance to turn in your late pass for one of the best to ever do it.

You’re welcome.


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