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4613 N Oketo Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706 708-867-7828

Mon – Thur: 11:30 am to 7:00 pm | Fri – Sat: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

J Dilla: Motor City

James Dewitt Yancey, better known by the stage name J Dilla, died in 2006 of lupus and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a rare blood disease that causes clots throughout the circulatory system. But during his short 32 years, J Dilla managed to become one of the most sought after producers in the music industry. He produced dozens of original songs or remixes for Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Janet Jackson, and others. NPR’s obituary of J Dilla called him one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists.

After his death, Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes began curating her son’s enormous collection of beats and song sketches, releasing mixtapes of his previously unheard musical compositions. Through the J Dilla Foundation, she is keeping her son’s legacy alive, while also enriching local Detroit-area music programs and awarding students with scholarships. Dilla’s latest posthumous release Motor City is a mostly instrumental beat tape of tracks chosen by Ma Dukes with some tracks used as the basis for remixes by Jay’s friend, J-Rocc.

Motor City, isn’t really a complete J Dilla album (for that you’ll want to try Donuts) but it is a fascinating inside look at the artistic process of one of the most important names in hip-hop history.

Motor City and a quarter million more albums are available to stream or download at hoopladigital.com. Login with your Eisenhower Library card and get started listening right away. Prefer a CD? Place a hold in the library catalog.

Categories: Adults.

J Dilla: Motor City

James Dewitt Yancey, better known by the stage name J Dilla, died in 2006 of lupus and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a rare blood disease that causes clots throughout the circulatory system. But during his short 32 years, J Dilla managed to become one of the most sought after producers in the music industry. He produced dozens of original songs or remixes for Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Janet Jackson, and others. NPR’s obituary of J Dilla called him one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists.

After his death, Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes began curating her son’s enormous collection of beats and song sketches, releasing mixtapes of his previously unheard musical compositions. Through the J Dilla Foundation, she is keeping her son’s legacy alive, while also enriching local Detroit-area music programs and awarding students with scholarships. Dilla’s latest posthumous release Motor City is a mostly instrumental beat tape of tracks chosen by Ma Dukes with some tracks used as the basis for remixes by Jay’s friend, J-Rocc.

Motor City, isn’t really a complete J Dilla album (for that you’ll want to try Donuts) but it is a fascinating inside look at the artistic process of one of the most important names in hip-hop history.

Motor City and a quarter million more albums are available to stream or download at hoopladigital.com. Login with your Eisenhower Library card and get started listening right away. Prefer a CD? Place a hold in the library catalog.

Categories: Adults.