J Dilla, ‘Music From the Lost Scrolls Vol. 1′ – EP Review
Feb. 7 marked the 39th birthday of the late and great producer J Dilla. Although the Detroit native is no longer with us, his musical legacy continues to shine with the just-released posthumous EP, ‘Lost Scrolls, Vol. 1.
In conjunction with the release, there is a special limited-edition 10-inch vinyl available at Fat Beats. The collection boasts four songs from Dilla that were compiled by his longtime friend Frank Nitt. Besides the previously-released ‘The Throwaway’ by the Yancey Boys (Illa J and Frank Nitt), the other tunes offer vintage Dilla beats and rhymes.
We know that Dilla is a great producer but he wasn’t too shabby on the microphone as well. On the head-nodding ‘DeWitt to Do It,’ Dilla spits freestyles over a Rhodes organ groove. “This is for my bitches with all of their own / This is for my n—-s with the bars and chrome / All bitch n—-s leave your little cars at home, stay there,” he raps.
The EP ends with the instrumental ‘Ruff and Rugged,’ which is far from hardcore with its bouncy synths, on-time drumming and melodic flourishes.
If you are a fan of J Dilla then ‘The Lost Scrolls, Vol. 1 EP is a must-have for your music library. Detroit Stand Up!
Listen to J Dilla’s ‘DeWitt to Do It’
Listen to J Dilla’s ‘Ruff and Rugged’
Watch Yancey Boys’ ‘The Throwaway’ Video Feat. Frank Nitt