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The Soulquarians

The Soulquarians were a ’90s collective that included Questlove, D’Angelo, J. Dilla, Erykah Badu, James Poyser and Common. Pitchfork put together a video to give an overview of their work and impact. Their sessions produced D’Angelo’s Voodoo, Common’s Like Water For Chocolate and The Roots’ Things Fall Apart. Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq and DJ Premier are some of the artists who made music with them in Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios. Their time as a collective ended after a 2000 story in Vibe magazine offended some artists by suggesting that they were under Questlove’s rule.

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Listen: J. Dilla’s Delights Vol. 1

J.Dilla’s Delights Vol. 1 is the first posthumous release from J.Dilla’s daughters Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-Monae Whitlow.  The collection of 24 instrumentals were specifically reserved for Dilla’s daughters and all of the tracks have the agility, originality and head-nodding quality that he always brought to his work.

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J.Dilla: Motor City Album Stream

J.Dilla’s Motor City album of rare tracks curated by his mother Ma Dukes is out now. Stream the album and the head over to iTunes for a digital copy or Dillatronic.com to get the deluxe version that includes a CD, vinyl, T-shirt, slipmat and a cassette of J Rocc’s alternate mix.

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J.Dilla: Motor City J-Rocc Blend # 2 Featuring Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes

Motor City is a new collection of unheard instrumentals from J.Dilla handpicked by his mother Maureen Yancey who is simply known as Ma Dukes. The 19-song tracklisting is packaged as a letter from her to Dilla with a handwritten message in a mailing envelope. J Rocc of the Beat Junkies was Dilla’s friend and he has a mix of the album included as a download code. Blend #2 has Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes rapping over a Dilla beat in a reworking of Pharrell’s “For The Nasty.” Motor City will be released April 28th and can be pre-ordered on Friday.

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Official J.Dilla Turntable Available From Rap & Soul

 

London’s Rap and Soul is offering the official estate-approved J.Dilla turntable on the eve of his would have been 43rd birthday tomorrow. The portable turntable is a stand-alone piece that can be used with an RCA jack or a USB input. There is a 45 adapter, replaceable and software that will allow you to record music directly into your computer. You are able to get started using the turntable with a 7-inch copy of “The Sickness” which features Nas and was produced by Madlib. Check out the turntable at Rap and Soul’s site.

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