mymanhenri didn’t call this mixtape For The D (and the accompanying party) for nothing. D stands for Detroit, a city that’s bred some big names in hip hop, most notably Eminem, but more importantly: record producer James Dewitt Yancey, or J Dilla (Jay Dee for short).
This StandardTape sources not only some of mymanhenri’s favourites among Jay Dee’s discography, but also exposes the range of music Dilla had been listening to, not only for professional but also personal contentment, before, in 2006, he succumbed to the blood disease TTP. His sample flips remain baffling, and as such, mymanhenri’s inserted original tracks alongside those that emerged as samples, with a few rarities in there. It’s an ode: something for both his most ardent followers and newcomers alike.
Check out this juicy tidbit of trivia from the mixtape-maker (perfect for impressing your rap-minded friends): “Unbeknownst to many, Jay Dee was the one who ghost produced the Janet track, a fact that came out some time later in interviews.”
01. Raymond Scott, Lightworks
02. Slum Village, Untitled/Fantastic (Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix)
03. J Dilla, U-Love
04. Zoot Sims & Bucky Pizzarelli, Indiana
05. The Roots, Dynamite
06. Tony Allen, Asiko
07. Common ft. J Dilla, Heat
08. Stereolab, Come And Play In The Milky Night
09. Busta Rhymes, Show Me What You Got
10. Slum Village, Fantastic
11. Janet Jackson, Joni Mitchell & Q-Tip, Gone ‘Til It’s Gone
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