Questlove talks bleeding for J Dilla

I just caught this pretty wild story via Okayplayer that deserves a repost for our readers who would appreciate it just as much as I.

Questlove shared his account of playing for J Dilla at the 2000 Detroit Electronic Music Festival… while bleeding the whole time! Alas, the story…

Most of the weekend’s hip-hop was on day two, with Mayor Archer introducing Slum Village on the main stage. J Dilla – then known as Jay Dee – hung with dance as well as hip-hop producers, and remixed acts for Planet E. He also hipped Questlove to the Thomas Bangalter twelve-inches on Roulé he was sampling, turning Quest into a Daft Punk fan.

“The stage was set up weird – not a place that was ready for a band,” says Questlove. Instead of a staircase, he had to step on a plastic milk crate to get onstage. “At the time, I was dangerously obese – about 420 pounds. I took one step on the milk crate and my foot went right through it. It went three inches into [my leg]. When you get stabbed you don’t try to yank it out” – but he did. Then he got on the riser and played a two-hour set with blood pouring from his right leg. “Because of the adrenaline, it was painless. And of course, being mortified in front of thousands of people – and my idol, Dilla – I played it off like I wasn’t hurt.” When they finished, Questlove forewent a hospital visit because Dilla wanted to play him a new remix. “He said, ‘What about your leg?’” That summer, the drummer began a diet, eventually shedding 150 pounds.

This is part of Red Bull Music Academy’s larger piece, which is worth a full read if you liked that above. Crazy!

Vstyles, King Crooked & Bumpy Knuckles “Rough, Rugged & Raw” Prod. By J Dilla

Detroit representative Vstyles brought a gun to the knife fight that is Hip Hop today. The emcee dropped his video for “Rough, Rugged & Raw” off his latest joint ‘At Oddz Til I’m Even.’ The cut features Kxng Crooked and Bumpy Knuckles along with himself rocking over a finely crafted beat from J Dilla. In case you didn’t notice… that’s Ma Dukes throughout the video showing support where it belongs.

Joey Bada$$ f/ BJ The Chicago Kid “Like Me”

I gotta say right off the bat this is one of the best videos I’ve seen this year.

It comes courtesy of Joey Bada$$ with the help of BJ The Chicago Kid and the one and only J Dilla on the production for this standout from B4.Da.$$ — “Like Me”.

The video is a dramatic storyline starting with Joey spotting a couple, befriending the mistreated woman, and then it escalating from there. I’ll leave it at that because you should really watch it for the proper first impression. I will say that I dig the respect shown at the very end and the events just before just flat out drive home the message on another level. I said last week that a video that takes a song to another level is rare nowadays so I’m happy to see that so definitively here.

*Tibs Fav.

Bangin Like A Dilla Instrumental

The other day, OKP celebrated Jay Dee’s bday with an all-new exclusive drop of a 1 hour mix that features rare and recovered joints from Dilla and his old beat tapes. Vibe out to this one this afternoon — a perfect way to end your work day.

The mix features The Pharcyde’s “Be Like That,” the Slum Village classic “Fall In Love,” Jay’s solo cut “So Far To Go,” and a rare remix of “Stakes Is High,” the greatest De La Soul track ever made. Before, after, and between these cuts you’ll hear rare micro-joints plucked from the legion of Dilla beat tapes that have been recovered.

Nas “The Season” (prod. J. Dilla) (Preview)

Nas & J. Dilla?!


You’re already pressin’ play below, I know.

The story behind the video: Nas made a surprise appearance to support Run The Jewels on their new release and close out the Q&A. As a treat, he let the people get the first listen of the J. Dilla produced single he recently told Angie Martinez is on the way soon. Props to the person who snuck in a recording because this sounds fire right now. Nas had me with the soliloquy line and then the horns from there. Da dada da da… will surely be stuck in your head now, too. Can’t wait!