Friday, February 6, 2009

thank you jay dee

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006)

it's dilla month this month. or perhaps black history embodied and expressed in sound-month. dilla's music is above and beyond. the work of a genius who, like mozart, was born at the perfect juncture of time and space to express his gifts; detroit, michigan, the rising wave of underground hip-hop. plenty of records to listen to.

this one jumps around a lot, from early slum village-era beats, to delicious vinyl joints, beat tape selections, some donuts, some stuff from the shining, electric circus, and some interview pieces. it's maximalist, and sort of skewed towards the esoteric/instrumental/spiritual side of things, but all n all i think its a good picture of the scope of dilla's work. please turn it up.

ॐ अह हम