In Search Of Media Weekly: Playlist #7 (Dedicated to J Dilla)

Hello everyone, hope you’re all having a great Sunday! This week’s playlist is dedicated entirely to the legend James Dewitt Yancey, aka J Dilla. It was the legendary producer’s birthday on the 7th February, and today marks his unfortunate death anniversary. This is why, this week is entirely his. I have selected records that have defined his legacy for me in particular. All tracks are either produced by Dilla, or feature him. Hip-hop was my first love and his genius was one of the reasons I fell in love with the genre in the first place. This is by no means a definitive list of Dilla-produced music, I’m sure you can find better curated ones elsewhere, but this one has a special place in my heart, so it’s a personal one*. RIP James, your music and spirit will live on for eternity.

J Dilla – Yesterday (Jay Love Japan)
J Dilla – Jay Dee 52 – Instrumental (The King of Beats, Vol 2: Lost Scrolls)
Slum Village – Things U Do – Remix (Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol.1)
J Dilla – Jay Dee 37 – Instrumental (The King of Beats, Vol. 1)
J Dilla – Come Get It (Welcome 2 Detroit)
The Pharcyde – Bullshit (Labcabincalifornia)
Slum Village – Get Dis Money (Fantastic, Vol. 2)
Busta Rhymes – Still Shining (The Coming)
Slum Village – Go Ladies (Fantastic, Vol. 2)
A Tribe Called Quest – Find a Way (The Love Movement)
Phat Kat – Destiny ft M. Rutherford (Undeniable)
Daft Punk – Aerodynamic – Slum Village Remix (Daft Club)
Jaylib – Nowadayz (Champion Sound)
Common – Heat (Like Water For Chocolate)
J Dilla – Baby ft Guilty Simpson & Madlib (The Shining)
J Dilla – Don’t Cry (Donuts)
J Dilla – Believe In God (Jay Love Japan)
Mos Def – History ft Talib Kweli (The Ecstatic)
Bilal – Reminisce ft Mos Def & Common (1st Born Second)
Erykah Badu – Didn’t Cha Know (Mama’s Gun)
Q-Tip – Things We Do (Amplified)
Amp Fiddler – Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly (Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly)
Dwele – Keep On ft Slum Village (Some Kinda…)
Erykah Badu – Love (New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh))
The Roots – Dilltastic Vol Won(derful) (Game Theory)

*Note: Since this is a Spotify playlist, there are a few records I really wanted to add, such as De La Soul’s “Stakes Is High,” which is probably my favourite Dilla produced beat of all time. Would have also wanted to add more remixes as well.

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by. I run In Search Of Media with the aim of giving a platform to independent beatmakers, rappers and talented musicians. I also hope to make this a home for music discovery, interesting film analysis, exhibition reviews and other interesting content for all of you guys to dive in to. I hope to start a podcast and documentary-style project soon. If you're looking to be a part of this creative project, please go to the contact page and drop me an email, or connect via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. I also write for 'Music Is My Sanctuary.' Thanks 🙏

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