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The late, great J Dilla is rightly celebrated as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, in part because his ear for music was so diverse and expansive. From the smooth, soulful soundbeds he laid down for A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, Common, The Roots, and D’Angelo to the hard-edged, synth-heavy tracks he crafted for Busta Rhymes, Jaylib, Oh No, and Phat Kat, Jay Dee’s music continued to grow and evolve throughout his brief time on this planet. Now, a fresh batch of those creations have been made available to the world for the first time, in the form of the latest official J Dilla release, 'Dillatronic'.
Compiled by DJs Alien Villainz (fellow Detroit natives who worked closely with Dilla), 'Dillatronic' contains over 40 rare instrumentals that showcase Dilla’s undeniable electronic influences. With today’s music sounding more electronic than ever, 'Dillatronic' has a contemporary feel. “These tracks are still ahead of their time sonically,” explains RJ. “The things producers are doing now, Dilla did that 15 years ago.”