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Illa J w/ Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla): Yancey Boys

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    John "Illa J" Yancey, younger brother of late, great genius producer James Yancey (aka Jay Dee, J Dilla), is currently completing his debut album for Delicious Vinyl. With the multi-talented Illa J rhyming and singing over a treasure trove of previously untouched Jay Dee gems, the project represents both a full-circle collaboration and a whole new beginning in the story of the musically exceptional Yancey brothers.

    When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde's sophomore album "Labcabincalifornia" (1995). As DV owner and founder Michael Ross explains, "From '95 through '98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he'd done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats." It was a case of pure serendipity, since 21-year-old Illa J had just relocated to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built around Jay Dee's own recording equipment, dubbing it Yancey Boy Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. "Dilla was twelve years older than me," Illa J says. "So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. So I always felt my brother's tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them."

    When Illa J set to work in early 2008 on recording the album, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can't-miss zone. As Illa J says, "One of the things I learned from my brother is that you don't get that much time, so make the most of it. That's why I've decided to dedicate my life to doing what I love: music. To work with Delicious, the label that released those hits my brother made with The Pharcyde ("Runnin'" and "Drop") is really special." Michael Ross says, "Illa J can write, sing, play instruments and rap. Not just a little bit of each, he's really the complete package! And anyone who loves Jay Dee's music is going to flip out when they hear what Illa J's been laying down. For over a decade these beats have been waiting in the vault for this moment. It's like Jay Dee made these tracks with an extrasensory purpose, so that Illa J could make this album. There is no question that this is exactly what they were meant for. These beats belong to Illa J, they're his birthright, and I really believe Jay Dee would be proud of what his brother is doing."

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    1. Timeless (Intro)
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
    2. We Here
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    3. R U Listenin'?
    featuring Guilty Simpson
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    4. Alien Family by Frank Nitty (Interlude)
    featuring Frank Nitt (of Frank-N-Dank)
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
    5. Strugglin
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    6. Showtime
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    7. Swagger
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    8. Mr. Shakes (Skit) aka Affion Crockett
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
    9. DFTF
    featuring Affion Crockett
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    10. All Good
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    11. Sounds Like Love
    featuring Debi Nova
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    12. Everytime
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    13. Illasoul
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    14. Air Signs
    Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla); Illa J; Mike Floss
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    Total Comments: 30
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/19/2014 10:38:00 AM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az
    Comment: with these beats how can you fuck up!
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/7/2013 10:34:00 AM; Partial IP: 148.53.116)
    Location: London
    Comment: Do yourself a favour, just cop the instrumentals. No disrespect but illa J can't rap. Listen to air signs for example. ALL beats are straight HEAT. As for illa j, his flow has improved since this Yancey boys release which is promising. I just hate wack rhymes over Dilla beats... Just let that track breathe! That rebirth of Detroit was also wack. Sloppily put together.
    Name: (Posted: 6/24/2012 5:06:00 PM; Partial IP: 142.168.27)
    Location: Your Hood
    Comment: Sorry review below isn't ment for this album. This album is wicked smooth, illa J isn't the best singer but the beats are mad chill. Love J dilla.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/24/2012 5:05:00 PM; Partial IP: 142.168.27)
    Location: your hood
    Comment: Some of the hottest beats you will hear. Long Story short, bounce, Bond 4 Life, and Elec are the best tracks.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/9/2011 6:04:00 PM; Partial IP: .200.116.6)
    Location: WHITTIER, S.E.LA
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 9/12/2009 11:54:00 PM; Partial IP: .68.24.127)
    Location: T dot
    Comment: Honestly...I'm only giving this album 1 star because Im rating ILLA J...However I know that the only reason we even rating the album at all is based on the fact that his album was produced by the best there ever was....who just so happens to be his big brother. Rediculous! Start using Auto Tune, Give this guy Common to ghost write and give Dwele a call, cause im going to keep rating this s#!T as the artist not the music. For Gods sake just read the other reviews under mine...They all only talk about BEATS..not the actual artist. Dissapointed is all I can say to sum up my long winded review.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 9/12/2009 11:41:00 PM; Partial IP: .68.24.127)
    Location: T Dot
    Comment: THIS ALBUM IS CRAP. Illa Fraud took the some of the best beats Dilla ever made and crapped all over them. For some reason this clown thinks he's Dwele and Dilla rolled into one. He needs to learn his craft and pay some dues before he comes out with something with Dilla's name attached to it.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/19/2009 12:24:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: UK
    Comment: Illa j is nice on the mic but what really makes this album great is Dillas beats from the 95-96 era, to me thats when jay-dee's beats were his best
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/24/2009 1:28:00 AM; Partial IP: 135.98.203)
    Location: san jo
    Comment: this is a must get cd. every song is great. mad respect too illa j and j dilla
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/25/2009 2:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 120.231.38)
    Location: Los Angeles
    Comment: these are some sick tunes mad respect
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/3/2009 9:28:00 AM; Partial IP: 239.26.235)
    Location: New York, NY
    Comment: Love it! The beats are just as crazy as ever!!!!!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/27/2008 1:50:00 AM; Partial IP: .89.143.97)
    Location: LOS ANGELES C.A. ALL DAY
    Comment: pretty dope album,must get cd.illaj is puting it down. cant wait to hear these instrumentals.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/26/2008 1:15:00 AM; Partial IP: 223.209.34)
    Location: Phoenix AZ
    Comment: We miss you J Dilla.... LP is strong..... Man that "Welcome to Detroit" Awwww man....
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/23/2008 3:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 95.144.115)
    Location: los angeles
    Comment: wait beats its super hottt but illa aint ... damn
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/11/2008 6:31:00 PM; Partial IP: .31.201.45)
    Location: california
    Comment: this record from dilla is what hip hop is all about.dilla your missed for sure
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/18/2008 4:58:00 PM; Partial IP: 00.163.197)
    Location: Tampa, Florida
    Comment: Wow, this joint is off-the-chain. It's a must cop.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/13/2008 11:20:00 PM; Partial IP: .16.189.10)
    Comment: This is mad ish, J Dilla is probably bumpin dis wit da man upstairs! A must for any REAL hiphop head.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/11/2008 12:06:00 AM; Partial IP: 95.183.190)
    Location: Los Angeles
    Comment: For real...I love Dilla, but damn this joint was a dissappointment. At first I was like "At least the beats is hitting..." But after awhile I got to thinking...Some of them beats sound way too similar, giving the album a REAL repetitive feeling. I'd cop it for the Dilla beats, but this joint DEFINITELY has an extremely low spin rate for myself.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/8/2008 7:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 48.170.135)
    Location: Palmdale
    Comment: mad production madlib lives on
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/7/2008 1:22:00 PM; Partial IP: .31.180.98)
    Location: Algerie
    Comment: His rhymes are ok. Obviously the beats are what keep this album going Since its J.Dilla. If it wasnt for that, I wouldnt care about this guy.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/2/2008 7:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 48.111.126)
    Location: Bellflower, CA
    Comment: This album is "ALL GOOD"!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/1/2008 2:12:00 PM; Partial IP: .59.144.86)
    Location: vancouver
    Comment: Just Sick 3 years ago I started skatebordin as an escape from my foster home and these sick rhymes are the reason I keep goin all day every day! The skatepark is my home but music is my world...
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/1/2008 3:15:00 AM; Partial IP: 30.230.251)
    Location: Hawaii
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/31/2008 5:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 162.128.55)
    Location: Chicago
    Comment: Amazing album. Dope, cool beats. It's def a Dilla classic.
    Name: (Posted: 10/21/2008 3:53:00 PM; Partial IP: 26.128.252)
    Location: ughh
    Comment: cant wait for this one. dilla legacy lives on.
    Name: (Posted: 10/20/2008 9:44:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Canada
    Comment: Can't wait for this!
    Name: (Posted: 10/18/2008 1:37:00 AM; Partial IP: 182.18.229)
    Location: cali
    Comment: this is cool as shit but I dont think we here is to cool of a song beat is good I mean it j dee but I dont know about illas lyrics
    Name: (Posted: 10/17/2008 11:17:00 PM; Partial IP: .38.224.51)
    Location: nj
    Comment: Im so glad someone is carrying out the Dilla work we otherwise may never have heard.Solid
    Name: (Posted: 10/14/2008 11:20:00 AM; Partial IP: .10.245.13)
    Location: right here
    Comment: Wow, this is amazing. I hope this turns out to be nuts...
    Name: (Posted: 10/12/2008 6:47:00 PM; Partial IP: 30.125.140)
    Location: syracuse
    Comment: thats a simple and cool idea for a cover. this should be a great release, big ups to Illa for representing his brother in such a honorable way.
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