Since J Dilla’s passing numerous tributes have been made in his honor. There’s thousands of these that I could sift through but I have a few go to winners. Lucky you.
First up is Madlib’s Dill Cosby and Dill Withers Suites (pictured above). I got so excited when I found out that these release on vinyl late last year. The samples make use of the record pops and flaws and it just sounds right playing on a turntable. The two suites are my favorite of all of the Dilla tributes. Madlib and J Dilla collaborated together to make the album Champion Sound. They became good friends and after J Dilla’s death, unlike many other musicians who released tributes instantly, Madlib took 3 years to come up with the perfect tribute. I can’t find a stream of it but you can sample it (and buy it) on Amazon.
I do have some audio for this next one. Actually it’s a free mixtape. JAYPHILLA is an extremely clever rapper, Phil Nash, going over some Dilla instrumentals. I wish Phil Nash would have gotten some more attention off of this tape because he sounds so good on these instrumentals. It’s a perfect pairing. Jus Feel Me is the standout track here.
Common – Forever Begins
Erykah Badu – The Healer