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As "Dilla Day" Does For Jay Dee Each Year, "Mac Dre Day" (July 5th) Honors Legacy of Beloved Late Vallejo Rapper

Posted by Billyjam, July 5, 2016 04:27pm | Post a Comment

In a scenario somewhat similar to that of J Dilla, whose dedicated fanbase has exponentially grown since his death a decade ago, so too has the following of the late great Mac Dre multiplied since his 2004 (still unsolved) murder in Kansas City, MO. The Detroit rapper/producer and the Bay Area rapper share not only iconic status and popular posthumous releases (and merchandise) but also an annual date dedicated to their respective legacies.

These annual celebrations only further build upon these two hip-hop artists' fanbases. The annual Dilla Day happens in early February every year around the time of his birthday while Mac Dre Day (aka Dre Day) takes place every year on today's date, July 5th. Were he still alive, the artist born Andre Hicks would be celebrating his 46th birthday today. 

Every year for the past several years, with major input from the folks at Mac  Dre's Thizz Nation there have been Mac Dre tribute concerts in various Bay Area cities from Petaluma to San Jose and San Francisco where tonight's Mac Dre Day celebration will take place at The Regency Ballroom at 7pm.

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Dilla's Donuts: The Album, The 45 Box Set, and now the Detroit Doughnut/Coffee Shop, Dilla's Delights

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2016 11:10pm | Post a Comment

It's been promised for a few years now, but finally this week the uncle of Detroit hip-hop producer/emcee
J Dilla finally opened his coffee shop/doughnut spot Dilla's Delights in the late artist's honor. First reported back in 2013, Herman Hayes said that he wanted to pay tribute to his donut-loving nephew, who released the album Donuts just a few days before his 2006 premature passing at age 32, by opening a coffee/donut retail outlet in the late artist's Michigan hometown. That dream became a reality yesterday when Dilla's "Uncle Herm," who back in the day used to supply his nephew with his all time favorite snack, opened up Dilla's Delights. The downtown Detroit business is located across from the Detroit Opera House and not far from where the late artist born James Yancey once lived. In fact opening day and today were such busy days for the new business that they closed shop early having sold out of all the baked goods. Made in 15 varieties, the Dilla donuts are reportedly made from all organic flour ingredients.

A former baker with the Flint-based Dawn Donuts chain, Hayes has spent the past few years baking and selling the Dilla's Delights donuts via a few select spots such as Detroit's Red Hook Cafe as he awaited all the paperwork to be handled before finally opening up Dilla's Delights.  The new Dilla themed donut spot follows various formats of the Donuts album including the cassette version, the CD version, this year's 10th Anniversary 2LP set, and the popular box set of 45 singles that was released in 2013. Even more recently from Dilla was his latest posthumous album The Diary that showcases his mic skills. The recent Record Store Day LP version of that album sold out instantly but on Friday (May 6th) the Pay Jay vinyl release of The Diary will arrive in Amoeba.

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Post Record Store Day Hip-Hop Rap Up: J Dilla, J. Rawls, Roots Manuva, Mr. Lif, Homeboy Sandman, Madchild + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 18, 2016 09:58pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2016 (April 16th) was another popular crowd-drawing event at record stores all over the country.  Even hours before opening time Saturday morning, outside the three Amoeba locations (LA, SF & Berkeley) there were long lines of folks fiending for the doors to open to the many great RSD exclusives. All those articles we've been reading about the ever increasing number of record collectors out there proved to be true, based on the numbers that swarmed to record stores on Saturday. By 7am outside the Hollywood Amoeba on Sunset Blvd. vinyl collectors and music fans of all ages had formed a long line that snaked down Ivar Avenue and around the back parking lot, as reported here on the Amoeblog.

Similarly up in the Bay Area collectors swarmed to both Amoeba stores early in the day, as well as throughout Record Store Day. Even at 8pm Saturday evening when I stopped into the Berkeley Amoeba
store, there were still a lot of RSD shoppers crate digging in the store's various genre sections including hip-hop vinyl. Because of the fact that the DJ and records are such a central component of hip-hop music and culture, understandably Record Store Day is a very special day for hip-hop fans.  Both DJs and casual collectors of hip-hop earmark the annual date and plan ahead . As for all the hip-hop RSD 2016 releases, the most (deserved) attention-grabbing release this year was J Dilla's The Diary. The past few days I've been listening non-stop to this highly recommended sixth posthumous release from the (now) iconic Detroit hip-hop producer/emcee, and can attest that it deserves all the hype.

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Three Days 'Til Record Store Day: J Dilla's 'Diary,' Run the Jewels' Virtual Reality Viewer

Posted by Billy Gil, April 13, 2016 05:18pm | Post a Comment

j dilla the diary lp record store day 7"Hip hop heads have a few reasons to celebrate on Record Store Day April 16.

First off, a new posthumous release from the late, great artist and producer J Dilla will be released on LP that day. The Diary comes out on CD and cassette the day before, but April 16’s vinyl release will come with a free 7” inside that includes the song “The Ex” (featuring Bilal) plus an R&B version of the song on the B-side. The song is a Pete Rock production.

The story behind the lost album is that J Dilla (real name James Dewitt Yancey) recorded an album’s worth of vocals back in 2002 that were ultimately shelved his parent label. That lead Yancey to break from the major label system and leave Detroit for California, where he produced his classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib's Champion Sound and Donuts.

Now, following Yancey’s death in 2006, his estate has been trying to get the album released for years. Finally, the album is coming out, with production from Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins, and guest spots from Bilal, Frank N Dank, Boogie and others.

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Weekly Rap Round Up: Hip-Hop Top 5, J Dilla's Record Store Day LP, New Releases with E-Lit, Open Mike Eagle, Immortal Technique + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2016 11:45pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top 5 Amoeba Music Berkeley: Week end 04:10:16

#1: Open Mike Eagle + Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl) (Mello Music Group)

#2: RJD2    Dame Fortune () (also on LP/vinyl) (RJ's Electrical Connections)

#3: 2 Chainz  Collegrove (Def Jam) 

#4: Domo Genesis  Genesis (Columbia Legacy)

#5: Dday One Gathered Between (The Content Label)

Thanks to E-Lit for the above top five chart. Scroll down to see accompanying video version in which the KALX DJ / Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop staffer runs down the top new hip-hop releases on both CD and vinyl. Immediately below is the just published music video from the #1 album on the new chart, Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP/vinyl). That's the highly recommended new joint from LA emcee Open Mike Eagle with UK producer Paul White whose resume includes working alongside Mos Def, Danny Brown, and Homeboy Sandman. Also below is the music video for the lead single "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak)" from Odd Future member Domo Genesis' new album Genesis. Other top five entries include 2 Chainz' solid new album Collegrove and Dday One's Gathered Between , and RJD2's  Dame Fortune (also on LP/vinyl) that actually sounds more like 70's prog rock than 2016 hip-hop. As far as new releases dropping in the week ahead on April 15th (the day before Record  Store Day) E-Lit's top three advance picks are the new one from Factor, Elucid's Save Yourself on Backwoodz, and Offwhyte's Dialog  via Galapaplpgs 4.


Domo Genesis "DAPPER (feat. Anderson .Paak) from Genesis (2016)

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