Originally published in Scratch magazine, February 2006
“I went through that whole thing a lot cats either go through or went to,” J-Dilla, November 2005
Much like Dilla’s life, this interview was ended way too soon. Three years later I read this and think “damn, he really was saying some real spit.” You can hear just a little bit of the frustration that J-Dilla felt as a producer despite the accolades he’s been showered with since his death. He read the reviews of his work just like you all do, and while some might not want to admit it now, those reviews weren’t always positive. Even though he’d racked up an impressive discography, he still had to cater to the artists he made beats for. And while Momma Yancey is clearly his biggest supporter, even she had some misgivings about his career choice in the beginning. So when you read this don’t just think of J-Dilla the gifted musician, remember James Dewitt Yancey the man.
Interview by Alvin “Aqua Boogie” Blanco
Aqua: What made you choose L.A. over Miami or NYC?
J-Dilla: I thought about New York but in New York the studio would get crowded with a lot of people. In LA, you look outside it’s like palm trees, sunshine and you know a totally different feel working.
You mentioned not having a bunch of people in the studio, do you like to keep it just you and the artist in the studio?
Yeah, I like to keep it to a minimum.
What part of L.A. is it?
Do you still keep a crib in Detroit?
Yeah, I still got the crib and then actually all my equipment is out there. I’m looking for a crib now so I can ship my equipment out here.
I’m assuming you got some equipment out in L.A. right?
I got just the basics. AN MPC a couple of turntables and that’s really it.
What equipment did you start with?
I started with the SP-12 then moved to the SP-1200 and then shortly after that the MPC-60, then the MPC-62, then the MPC3000 and I’ve been on the MPC 3000 ever since then. I’ve tried other samplers but the 3000 is best for me for what I like to do.
What about it specifically?
It’s just easier for me to program and I like the node offs and mono pads. I can just do more with it. I guess cause I know it better.
As far as your records are you a big digger?
Yeah man. I’m a record shopping fanatic. I already got a nice stash here and I got a warehouse full of records in Detroit, it’s ridiculous. I lost a lot of records too. Having them in that storage paper, records was getting damp and to go back periodically and check on them is kind of hard.
Get to know one of Philly's Hottest New Soul Singers in this up-close-and-personal short documentary. This documentary was an official Selection Dever Pan African Film Festival and was created by ReelBlack. She's one of our many featured performers for our hurricane fundraiser on Saturday October 21, 2017 at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia. She's donating her time and talent so that we can raise money to provide for families in the USVI who have been devastated by the hurricanes. Through the Adopt a Family Program, we will purchase, pack and ship each families requests with love, from Philly. For more info and tickets please click here.
Lady Alma’s fans run the gamut – from progressive artists like Moby, Kindred the Family Soul, India.Arie, Joan Osborne, Musiq and Les Nubians to regular working-class folk in West London clubs and West Philly barber shops. In cities everywhere from Atlanta and Amsterdam to Toronto and Tokyo, vocal sensation Alma Horton — known to her fans worldwide as LADY ALMA – has become the name to know, deemed “the heart & soul of Philadelphia’s soul scene” and heralded as “the truth in a roomful of lies” among tastemaker’s circles.
Erykah Badu (aka Badulla Oblongata, aka Sara Bellum, aka Analogue Girl in a Digital World, aka @FatBellyBella, aka SHE ILL, aka Manuela Maria Mexico) breaks down the sometimes confusing meaning behind some of her most popular BADUIZMS. 'Cause girl...
Source: Centric TV
The countdown is on to our 4th Annual Philly Loves Dilla night! Saturday night, we gather on Dilla's 42nd birthday and the 10th anniversary of his passing. No better way to honor him than to gather and soak in all he's left us musically. DJ's Mike Nyce, Jay Ski and Mr Sonny James are spinning 3 for 3 on 4 turntables all night! With a tribute video and live and exhibited Dilla artwork by Flygirrl, Ameerah K Art, Son Art, JRuggs and Oronde Kairi Johnson. Some prints available and a portion of all proceeds will benefit The J Dilla Foundation. Doors at 9pm, $10 at the door. See you on the dance floor!
Enjoy this Dilla For Life mix by DJ Mike Nyce to get warmed up for Saturday and pass it on....
Music Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn and V live
Prince will play a surprise "Rally 4 Peace" concert at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore on Sunday, following the unrest last week over the death of Freddie Gray.
Other music stars are expected to join Prince and his 3RDEYEGIRL band at the Mother's Day concert, which they hope will be a "catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.," the announcement said.
National and local reaction to charges in Freddie Gray case
Tickets for the show, which was announced Tuesday night, go on sale at LiveNation.com Wednesday at 5 p.m.
"As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence," the announcement said.
Prince is expected to debut his protest song, written last week, entitled "Baltimore." The song has not been released, but the lyrics were posted online.
[Source : The Baltimore Sun]
Written by Colin Campbell
On April 6th 2015, it marked 2 years since the legendary nightclub Fluid closed its doors. It also marked the last night we hosted our legendary Tastytreats party. Incase you didn't know, myself, Ahmir, Questlove Thompson of The Roots, our host, Yameen Allworld and resident Dj Mike Nyce hosted a party called Tastytreats every Saturday night for 13 years at Filo's at then at Fluid nightclub! Whoa, right?
Fast forward to today. Silk City hits me up to take a date at the venue. Ironically, they mention a Tastytreats reunion of sorts. I couldn't think of a better idea, let's do it!
On Friday, May 15, we invite you to a one night Tastytreats experience. Dj's Mike Nyce and Questlove, Yameen on the mic, me on the dance floor..... And did I mention there will be Jawn T-Shirts for sale?!? AND we're celebrating Yameen's birthday!
We're pretty excited. We'll see you on the dance floor, get there early!! Doors open at 9pm. Tell a friend, they will thank you :)