Phat Kat drops unreleased single "It Don't Get No Liver Than This." Feat La Peace • Word Is Bond

Detroit MC Phat Kat drops an unreleased track produced by J Dilla and featuring La Peace, to announce the reissue of his 2007 “Carte Blanche” album. The unreleased track titled  “It Don’t Get No Liver Than This.”has that classic Dilla vibe with the smoky jazz backdrop and snappy drums. In usual fashion, Phat Kat comes through with his gruff flow and vivid in your face lyrics while La Peace delivers a smooth verse that would get the listener smiling from start to finish.

Originally released in 2007, Phat Kat’s 2nd studio album “Carte Blanche” is getting a re-release on July 27th via Below System Records. The deluxe edition will includes 2 new bonus tracks both produced by J Dilla.

“Carte Blanche” includes production by J Dilla, Black Milk, Young RJ, Nick Speed and features by Elzhi, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, T3 and more. The 2 Dilla produced bonus tracks “World Premier” and “It Don’t Get No Liver Than This” with a featuring by La Peace, were recorded in 1996 and 1997.

Get the audio : Stream/Buy and Pre-Order “Carte Blanche” here


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Books One – The Definitive Dilla (mix)

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Millenium Jazz revisits "Ruff Graft" a tribute to J Dilla • Word Is Bond

Ruff Graft was originally an in-house collaborative beat-tape made within a week by just some of the Millennium Jazz Music roster as they all took time out to pay homage to the late great Mr James Dewitt Yancey aka J Dilla.

We decided to revisit Ruff Graft and build upon the original track-list by including some of our newer label mates and then record the whole thing to cassette tape for ourselves and some dedicated collectors.

Since the release of the original CD and the RGR cassettes we had toyed with the fantasy of completing the cycle and releasing the album on 12″ vinyl. Eventually we stopped talking about it and just gave it a go.

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Earworm: How This Legendary Hip-Hop Producer Humanized A Machine

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MHP flows over a Dilla beat on Bare Witness • Word Is Bond

Nigerian rapper/producer and SoulJazz affiliate who now resides in South Africa has blessed our ears with a new material. MHP, who is a hip hop purist decided to pay homage to one of the finest music creators in the rap world in the person of J Dilla. Using a Dilla composition, MHP pens lyrics to paper and drops the bars with an incredible flow suitable only for a Dilla beat and the result is Bare Witness. One can definitely commend the rapper for being on point with it else the effort would have been a terrible mistake. With this here track, it is evident that MHP has been flirting with beats in the lab and one can only anticipate what has been crafted in there for our listening pleasure. We impatiently await the goodness.

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The Dilla Turntable Collector's Item.

“Contains an exclusive picture sleeve 7-inch single, J Dilla “The Sickness” (vocal b/w instrumental) featuring Nas, produced by Madlib.”

• 3 speed turntable (33 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM)
• USB and RCA Outputs
• 1.8″ Headphone Jack
• Stereo Speakers
• Contains 45 adapter and replacement stylus
• Transcription software disc included in package

[Order via Rappcats]

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(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 10.1.16

“I’m the USS Enterprise of the Bronx”: An Interview with Kool Keith.
“People are so out of time. You got futuristic flows but your soul is trapped in like ’81 or some shit. Pull your ass into time.” By Reed Jackson

No Country for Old (Rap) Men: Kool Keith – Shine On, You Crazy Diamond
Beyond the wackier antics of post-Ultra Kool Keith, not enough has been written about his impact and influence as a super technical lyrical maniac. By Robbie Unkut Ettelson

Danny Brown Cares About Rap More Than You Do.
“We live in an age where people listen to something for two weeks and then they throw it to the side. I make records you gotta listen to at least five times to even understand what’s going on.” By Ross Scarano

J Dilla Children’s Book Tells Late Producer’s Life Story.
The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey is narrated by Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey-Smith and is out November 22 as a standard printed version and an audio version featuring an USB cassette. By Ryan Reed
[Rolling Stone]

BONUS: Ma Dukes on Dilla’s prized MPC being on display at the Smithsonian’s recently opened National Museum of African-American History. By Lakin Starling

R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59.
Influential singer and producer was force behind Whitney Houston’s breakout single, as well as records from Barry White, Evelyn “Champagne” King and George Benson, to name a few. By Gerrick D. Kennedy
[Los Angeles Times]

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: Soulhead piece by Matthew Allen & Wax Poetics (Issue 64) interview by Chris Williams

Why We Can’t Stop Making The Same Mistakes On Race.
Like in 1965 and 1992, America today is caught within crisis and a politics of fear. This time, can we get it right? By Jeff Chang

We Interviewed Lil Yachty’s Dad To Find Out Why He Can’t Name 5 Tupac Or Biggie Songs.
Photographer Shannon McCollum’s 19-year-old son is a rap star who pissed off old heads with lack of rap knowledge. By Maurice Garland
[Hip Hop Wired]

Montréal Collections: Kid Koala
A look at his studio, where his records live among the many eccentric audiophile curiosities he uses to piece together his sonic and visual illustrations. By Bruno Destombes
[Red Bull Music Academy]

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J Dilla – Anthem ft. Frank N Dank (Ruckazoid remix)

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