The Diary due tomorrow

Dilla_Diary_700J. Dilla‘s formerly shelved MCA album is finally going to see the light of day with an official release via Mass Appeal.

Originally slated for a 2002 release, The Diary is James Yancey’s first full solo release.

Welcome to Detroit, which dropped in 2001 on BBE, was more of a production showcase featuring regular collaborators like Frank-N-Dank, Phatkhat and Dwele.

Frank-N-Dank also appear on The Diary on a previously released joint, The Anthem, which differs sonically from the original, offering another perspective on a classic Dilla banger.

There are two guests on The Diary who you have never heard on an official Dilla record: Snoop Dogg and Nas, the latter whom also happens to have launched Mass Appeal’s music division.


The Diary (Mass Appeal) will be officially released tomorrow on MP3, CD and vinyl formats via iTunes, Rappcats, Mass Appeal.



#tgif: Finishing your week with a batch of musical macarons

Nas, AZ borrow donut for new cut.

The former Firm biz associates quietly dropped The Season via AZ’s (@azquietmoney) Quiet Money label on SoundCloud three days ago.

Like so many recent “Dilla” productions, there’s nothing new to be heard.

The two ride a loop of Gobstopper off Dilla’s last official release, Donuts – the original is only 1:02 in length.

As tasty as it is to hear Nasir Jones spit over a Dilla beat, it’s far from groundbreaking.

If you’re looking for something Dilla-esque, head over to Dat Piff & grab DJ Shortee Blitz‘ (@shorteeblitz) Jay-Dilla mixtape.


ATL’s villainy
A very strange mashup appeared 24 hours ago blending MigosJumpin’ Like Jordan with The BeatlesHere Comes the Sun.

The mash comes courtesy of NYC’s Proper Villains (@propervillainy), who made headlines a couple of years ago after penning his Idiots’ Guide to Molly, in response to two deaths, multiple MDMA-related hospital stays and the eventual cancellation of the Electric Zoo festival.

The formula is dated – considering the bar that was raised for mashups in general came via Danger Mouse‘s The Grey Album.

DM’s bootleg deftly mashed together Jay Z‘s The Black Album accapellas with various White Album soundscapes and the result raised his profile higher than any regular production could have.

If it’s been a minute since you’ve rinsed it…


Lastly, Ras Kass appeared on Sway In The Morning at the start of the week to promote some new record he just put out with Apollo Brown – and gives you a reminder of just how bad he is an an emcee… (via

Rap vs Hip Hop 10/30/14, Mental Notes, 11/03/14

This week’s Rap vs. Hip Hop features #thatnewnew from Run The Jewels 2 (@runjewels), Ras Kass (@raskass) & Apollo Brown (@apollobrown), NehruvianDOOM (@bishopnehru @mfdoom), Rapsody (@rapsodymusic), Flying Lotus (@flyinglotus), The Black Opera (@theblackopera), Stalley (@stalley), DejLoaf (@dejloaf), Vince Staples (@vincestaples), Boaz (@boaz412) and Castle (@cstlnova).

Crazy shouts to Lady Noyz for repping on the cover art! (via

Chocolate Boy Wonder brings nasty tribute


Pete Rock (@peterock) who helmed one of Illmatic‘s all-time faves, The World is Yours, dropped Time is Illmatic on his Soundcloud.

It is also the name of the documentary produced by NY artist One9 (@one9actual) and writer Erik Parker (@erikgparker), which was debuted earlier this year as the opening film at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York before premieres at the AC3 festival in Atlanta, the BFI London Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.

The doc celebrates the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, a rap classic that originally dropped in 1994 on Columbia. (via

Blasphemy abounds


The Ras Kass (@raskass)/Apollo Brown (@apollobrown) collaboration on Mello Music Group is available now on iTunes.

H20, the first single, is featured on the latest instalment of Rap vs Hip Hop.

This is the first collaboration between the two and is Ras Kass’ official return following incarceration and a couple of years in label limbo, while producer Apollo Brown has been amassing production credits with his own solo work and artists like OC, Boog Brown, Guilty Simpson and his Ugly Heroes collaboration with Verbal Kent (@big_vk1) and Red Pill (@redpillrap).

They debuted Blasphemy last week at with a release party In New York and an appearance on SiriusXM’s Sway In The Morning (@realsway) show. (via

Monolithic movements


Two Monolith emcees will be unleashing new vinyl.

Dan-E-O‘s (@daneo10) Dear Hip Hop single – a classic in the Canadian rap canon – will finally be available in vinyl form thanks to France’s Sergent Records.

It was released in 1996 on Beat Factory‘s RapEssentials, Volume One, followed by the EP.

Dear Hip Hop is available for order here.

Korry Deez (@korrydeez), on the other hand, will be dropping brand new product with the vinyl release of Imago on Solid Water.

He will be celebrating its release on November 7 at Ravage & Rumble in Toronto. (via Dan-E-O, Korry Deez)

Jewels 2 leaked, released, to be remixed


The excitement surrounding the release of another opportunity to hear El-P (@therealelp) and Killer Mike (@killermikegto) on a record was finally realized when they leaked Run the Jewels 2 before it officially dropped on iTunes.

The first RTJ album came out in 2013 after the two worked together on Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music and El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure.

Interestingly enough, their sophomore effort will be followed by a remix album on Fool’s Gold and the inside-joke-turned-real, Meow the Jewels, featuring guest production from Prince Paul, The Alchemist and Just Blaze.
Nehru, Nas record due next year

Speaking of Mass Appeal (@massappealrecs), they announced early in June that they will be releasing Bishop Nehru’s (@bishopnehru) forthcoming solo record.

That record will be executive produced by Nas (@nas).

Earlier this year, Nas brought Nehru out during SouthxSouthwest, referring to the fellow NY native as “the future of music”.

Mean the Most, off his current project with MF Doom, NehruvianDOOM, is featured in this week’s Rap vs. Hip Hop cloudcast. (via

NYC DJ drops Dilla nod

For #mixtapemondays, Okayplayer is featuring a Dilla mix from DJ Rashad Hayes who made his name playing and learning surrounded by NYC stalwarts like Scram Jones, D-Nice and Mark Ronson. (via,,

QB’s finest touching down on Stereo
Mobb Deep will be bringing their 20th Anniversary Tour to Winnipeg tonight.


They are scheduled to play at the Windsor Park club with openers Peter Jackson, Independent Army and Reptown Bullyz (featuring 101.5FM/Krazy Kut Klassics personality Ruku5 45). (via


It’s no secret that Boogz is a Dilla head.

When the time came for him to drop a tribute mix, it really came down to putting something out that hasn’t been done previously.

That being said, the period spanning 1999-2001 was the most prolific for the revered Soulquarians family & it represented one of the most interesting musical periods of James Yancey’s career.

It is this period that is given shine on The Electric Lady Suite.