CURATOR PLAYLIST 004 – SOUTH SPACE RECORDS

The latest in our series of curator playlists comes courtesy of Stan Sorrell, owner of South Space Records.  Also a producer in his own right under the name 5tatic, Sorrell founded the fledgling creative collective in the summer of 2015 while still at school. The label’s roster includes seven diverse artists; 5tatic, E.K.A. Beats, +44Rapture, Cil,…

J DILLA – MOTOR CITY

A new J Dilla compilation project has surfaced in the shape of ‘Motor City’. The posthumous collection features twenty exclusive, rare and unreleased cuts put together by Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, Dilla’s mother.  The album serves as a fitting tribute to the city of Detroit and one of its greatest exports/  Stream below via Spotify,…

CURATOR PLAYLIST 001: 8BITHIPHOP

As part of a new series, we’re going to be bringing you playlists curated by people we think are fucking awesome.  To kick things off, we bring you fifteen tracks curated by 8BitHipHop; a graphic design brand who create 8-bit versions of Hip Hop artists and elements of Hip Hop culture.  Having started on Instagram, the artwork is…

J DILLA – DILLATRONIC

From The J Dilla Foundation comes a collection of previously unheard material from one of Hip Hop’s all time greatest producers.  The posthumous album does plenty to satisfy, coming in at just over forty tracks.  The most amazing thing about it though, is how none of it sounds remotely aged.  Although they all have that…

LUPE FIASCO – PHAROAH HEIGHT 2/30

Lupe Fiasco dropped a short collection of tracks entitled ‘Pharoah Height 2/30’ yestyerday [September 29].  To anyone familiar with Lupe’s usual output, ‘Pharoah Height’ is starkly different.  Production comes from the likes of J Dilla and Flying Lotus, while Lupe’s own flow is closer to DOOM than we’ve heard from him before.  Stream below via…

JOEY BADA$$ – LIKE ME [FT. BJ THE CHICAGO KID]

The video for Joey Bada$$’ ‘Like Me’ couldn’t me more topical: released in the unofficial ‘Dilla Month’ dedicated to the life of the track’s producer, it depicts the Pro Era rapper being shot by the NYPD.  The track features BJ The Chicago Kid and is taken from Joey’s sensational debut LP ‘B4.DA.$$‘.  Stream below via…

NAS – THE SEASON [PROD. J DILLA]

At the Mass Appeal launch party for ‘Run The Jewels 2‘, Nas joined El-P and Killer Mike on stage to share a new track, claiming that the style of music was similar [it most definitely is not].  Hopping on J Dilla’s classic ‘Gobstopper’ beat, Nas proclaims this to be ‘The Season of Nasir’.  With his…

DE LA SOUL X J DILLA – SMELL THE DA.I.S.Y.

As far as treats for Hip Hop fans go, they don’t really get much better than this.  One of the game’s most original rap groups over classic beats from arguably Hip Hop’s most influential producer.  De La Soul’s ‘Smell The Da.I.S.Y’ (Da Inner Soul Of Yancy) is a tribute to the late production legend, who posthumously…

DE LA SOUL – VOCABULARY SPILLS

De La Soul’s J. Dilla produced ‘Smell the Da.I.S.Y.’ is due for releases next Wednesday (March 26), for which we’re incredibly excited.  De La have created the project in order to “celebrate the life and legacy of James D. Yancy aka J Dilla”, something that proves to be incredibly effective as Trugoy and Posdnuos go over…

DE LA SOUL – DILLA PLUGGED IN

De La Soul recently gave their entire discography away for free, and incurred some criticism in the process. Now, ahead of their upcoming mixtape ‘Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.’, they release ‘Dilla Plugged In’.  The track (and indeed, the whole mixtape) is produced by the late J Dilla, and is on a laid back, classic tip.  The…