listen to these unreleased demos from a teenage j dilla

Ten years after his death, the legend continues to deliver.

by Wendy Syfret
14 October 2016, 1:49pm

Since his death in 2006, J Dilla's legacy as a rapper, producer, and musical mentor has only grown. This week, the new Boiler Room Podcast Welcome 2 Detroit offered up another example of the Detroit legend's immense talent by sharing a selection of unreleased demos Dilla made when he was 17. Dilla's own mentor, Amp Fiddler, was interviewed on the podcast and shared insights into the genius's musical life, including the fact he began collecting records as a two-year-old.

It's been a big year for unearthing previously unheard J Dilla material: in April his posthumous album The Diary, that featured several unreleased instrumentals, was released. That same month A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg put out a posthumous solo single featuring the rapper. Four months later Boiler Room followed it up with his unheard 20-year-old mixtape Back to the Crib.

Earlier this month, J Dilla's mom Maureen Yancey, aka Ma Dukes, put out a children's book called The Life Story of J Dilla that charts his rise from child savant to industry icon. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to J Dilla's foundation that supports urban music programs in inner-cities.

Listen to Welcome 2 Detroit below.


Text Wendy Syfret
Image via Flickr Creative Commons

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