For Dilla – Turn It Up

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Today is the anniversary of the death of super-producer/magical alien creature J Dilla. It also happens to be a few days after his birthday. So if you’ve seen Dilla news, mixes, tributes and events all over the place, it’s because now is the time to pay tribute – J Dilla passed away five years ago today. In honor of Dilla, here’s a couple of the best tributes we’ve seen on the webs.

Our friends at The Revivalist interviewed four of Dilla’s peers and other musicians influenced by his work: Bilal (neo soul pioneer, Dilla collaborator), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, (arranger/composer of Suite for Ma Dukes, collaborator with many of those influenced by Dilla)  Wajeed (Producer and MC, of Slum Village / Platinum Pied Pipers) and Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Founding Member; Master Teacher). Read their conversation, “Nothing Like This: Meditations on Dilla.” There’s some great insight to classic old recordings, and of course, heavy praise.

Another popular one is Complex’s article, “10 Facts About J Dilla You Might Not Know” by Chairman Mao. We won’t give any of those facts away, but no matter how die-hard Dilla you are, it’s worth checking out.

And of course, download the J Rocc “Thank You Jay Dee” mixes -all 4 of them- courtesy of Stones Throw:

Act 1 | Act 2 | Act 3 | Act 4

Bilal’s “Levels” Video

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Check out the new video from Bilal‘s latest album Airtight’s Revenge, the directorial debut by highly acclaimed musician Flying Lotus. This video for “Levels” is an appropriate spaced-out trip with multi-dimensional planes, omniscient third eyes, and naturally, Erykah Badu as the goddess. The video also includes a cameo from Thundercat and the producer of the song, Shafiq Husayn. Congratulations to Bilal on his Grammy nomination for the song dedicated to his children, “Little One,” another great single from Airtight’s Revenge.

Buy the Levels EP on iTunes, with remixes by Sonnymoon & Flying Lotus

Exile: Radio Bonus (Free Album Download)

In preparation for his upcoming AM/FM (The Radio Remixes Album), Exile is offering the Radio Bonus album for free download. It’s full of remixes of original Radio tracks that just couldn’t all fit on AM/FM, from producers like DJ Rhettmatic, Marco Polo, DaVinci, Mike Gao, and more.

AM/FM is dropping August 31 via Plug Research and will feature Blu, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc, Shafiq Husayn, Free The Robots, DJ Day, Alchemist, and Muhsinah to name a few. Find out more on Exile’s new official site, thedirtyscience.com.

And check out one of our favorites from Exile’s debut LP, Radio:

Gilles Picks the Winners

gilles-radioCatch up on the GPWW with his 2009 recap: Gilles picks the best of the past year, including Jay Z ft Alicia Keys, Q Tip, Robert Glasper ft Bilal, N’Dambi, Quantic and his Combo Bombaro, plus some new favorites like Shafiq Husayn ft Fatima, Ryan Leslie ft. Pusha T, Theophilus London, Dam-Funk and more.

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Plug Research TwentyTen, 12/22 LA

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This Tuesday, December 22nd, VTech Presents Plug Research TwentyTen, an evening in LA with one of the heaviest line ups this year. A combination of vision and audio artistry, this showcase offers a taste of Plug Research’s soon-to-be released menu of musical delights. Featured performers include Bilal, Exile & DJ Day ft. Blu, Milosh, Om’mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn, with DJ sets from Daedelus, J. Rocc, & Kutmah.  All hosted by Pharoahe Monch, with special surprise guests. Tweet us up for free tickets! @GiantStep

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21+ | 8PM-2AM
$10 Limited Presale Tickets via ticketweb
$15 Door