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J Dilla – The Doe – produced by Supa Dave West

J Dilla — May 22, 2014 | Comments (4)

J DILLA “THE DOE” + INTERVIEW WITH SUPA DAVE WEST.

In 2001, J Dilla set out to record an album with his favorite hip-hop producers, one of these being Supa Dave West. Over a decade later, still in the long process of getting this full project released, we finally get to hear Dilla & West’s collaboration, mixed, mastered, and released on vinyl in the form of J Dilla’s “Give ‘Em What They Want” EP.

The EP contains three vocal tracks and two instrumentals. Of the three vocal tracks, “The Doe” and “No One’s Home” were produced by West and recorded December 2001, and the title track “Give ‘Em” is J Dilla’s own completely reworked version dating September 2002.

We spoke just yesterday with Supa Dave West about this collaboration.

Rappcats: How did you and Jay first meet?

Supa Dave West: I had a record deal at the time with Q-Tip’s Museum Music in ’97… I would go over Tips house to vibe, and we both started hearing about each other from that point. I met him sometime between then, when I started working with De La. We hung out a couple of times when he would come to NY for meetings. We both produced records for De La Soul. We talked a lot about our music philosophies. This was the pre-social media days. Everyone was just grinding… but we kept in touch.

In 2001 he told me about the project, working with his favorite dudes, producers that inspired him. He asked me to send him something. I sent him 36 beats and from those he picked 4.

What was your process like back then?

I worked on the ASR-10 and MPC 2000. These beats where made on MPC, needle dropping on melody spots in the record to a rythym and then looping it… one take usually… real art shit! I started doing that around ’98.

And then you worked together in person. Tell me about that.

Yeah, I would come though Detroit every year around Christmas, heading to Canada to make a huge beat tape for first quarter after the holidays. He picked me up where I was staying in Detroit in 2001… He eventually demo’d 4 joints but while I was there I dumped two beats and those ended up being “The Doe” and “No One’s Home”

“The Doe” was made before Jay’s version, “Give ‘Em What They Want”?

Yes. The “aahh” vocals on “Give em” was originally from “The Doe.”

We both respected each other as producers, but we talked about a lot of ways to realize the music, from a musicians point of view. That’s where I think he was coming from. I’m a drummer, and came up playing gospel. We connected in that way.

Jay did a lot of editing. He payed attention to detail in ways a lot of producers didn’t. He was heavily effecting his music and sound designing… that attention made the music special.

While these Dilla tracks from over 10 years ago finally see the light of day, what are you working on now?

Beat Boxing – an instrumental project, not with one ID to the next, but based on a whole storyboard… the companion, Spit Boxing with MC’s… and the third, Chop Sticks, a break beat record. I’m also in the studio working on De La’s next album, and doing something for Faith Evan’s next one… a song called “Miracles”.

www: Supa Dave West on Facebook | @SupaDaveWest

J Dilla – Give Em What They Want

J Dilla — April 16, 2014 | Comments (10)

On saleJ DILLA – GIVE ‘EM WHAT THEY WANT

From Dilla’s long-lost (and still tangled) album The Diary, “Give ‘Em What They Want,” 12-inch on clear vinyl with five tracks produced in 2002 by J Dilla and Supa Dave West, on Pay Jay Productions.

Dilla set out in 2002 to record an album collaborating with his favorite producers, and Supa Dave West was among them. The first two vocal tracks on this record are built around the same lyrics – “Give ‘Em What They Want” produced by Dilla and “The Doe” produced by West are typical of how he would re-record a track, changing his delivery to fit another producer’s beat.

The last vocal track “So Far,” also produced by Supa Dave West, will be familiar to some fans of MP3 bootlegs. On this record, it’s mastered for the first time by Dave Cooley, who worked on Donuts, The Shining and Ruff Draft.

Thanks to James & Karla Murray for the cover photo, from their book Store Front (Ginko Press). The label illustration is by Denise Nestor, based on a photo by B+. Sleeve by Jeff Jank. This was produced for reissue by Eothen Alapatt, with coordination from House Shoes, Henoch Moore and J Rocc.

Pay Jay Productions was founded by J Dilla (James Yancey). The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.

In the seriesJ DILLA – ANTHEM | J DILLA – DIAMONDS & ICE

Dilla Turn It Up T-shirt by Stussy

J Dilla — February 7, 2014 | Comments (8)

ON SALE NOW: DILLA TURN IT UP (LONG SLEEVE) | DILLA TURN IT UP (WHITE) | DILLA TURN IT UP (BLACK)

When J Dilla lived and worked in Los Angeles, he was right around the corner from the Stussy office, and it photograph of him working at home on his MPC wearing a Stussy T-shirt which kicked off this long running collaboration.

Stussy and the Estate of James Yancey have teamed up to present a commemorative J Dilla t-shirt in celebration of “Dilla Day 2014” on February 7th, presented by Stussy & Rappcats.com. This tee is constructed of 100% soft cotton & made in Mexico. A crew neck t-shirt, which features an image of J Dilla (photo by Roger Erickson) along with Stussy graphics.

BINKBEATS: J Dilla Live Mixtape

J Dilla — December 27, 2013 | Comments (15)

Binkbeats is a musician, percussionist, and producer who has produced a series of live mixtapes dedicated to the work of various hip-hop producers on his Youtube page BINKBEATSmusic. In his latest, he unravels J Dilla’s tracks Make’em NV, E=MC, Won’t Do, and Fall in Love.

Filmed by Johannes Fabery de Jonge, Dongwei Su, Bas Vermolen. Audio recording and mix by BINKBEATS & Simon Akkermans at the Epic Rainbow Unicorn Studio.

J Dilla – Diamonds & Ice

J Dilla — August 2, 2013 | Comments (15)

ON SALE: J DILLA – DIAMONDS & ICE

In Spring 2013, the Estate of James Yancey revived J Dilla’s Pay Jay Productions as a functioning imprint and announced its release of Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary, with the first Pay Jay single “Anthem.”

“Diamonds & Ice” is the second single, a 7-track 12-inch EP.

This EP contains what might be the two best known tracks from The Diary – one leaked years ago in the form of a low-bit MP3, and another as a short-lived promotional single. These versions – both final and alternate mixes – come straight from mixed-down masters that Dilla himself created.

Long before his posthumous album The Shining (2006), J Dilla titled these two tracks “The Shining Pt. 1” and “The Shining Pt. 2.” “Diamonds (The Shining Pt. 1)” was produced Nottz, and “Ice (The Shining Pt. 2)” was produced by Madlib, who Dilla would later collaborate with under the group name Jaylib. The Diamonds & Ice EP contains two markedly different versions of “Ice,” with one showing the musical direction Dilla would embark on after The Diary was shelved in 2002.

Rounding out this EP is a Madlib instrumental that J Dilla secured for the album but never turned into the final song, titled “The D.” We’ve included this beat as a hint of what could have been.

The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.