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.