Longstanding Dilla collaborator Common reunites with the family on new single.
Following last month’s repress of the Yancey Boys Instrumentals, which compiled previously unreleased productions from Jay Dee (born James Yancey) unearthed by his younger brother Illa J, Delicious Vinyl are today releasing the first single off the Yancey Boys album, Sunset Blvd.
Composed of Illa J and close collaborator Frank Nitt (of Frank N Dank fame), Yancey Boys sees the pair pay homage to the late Detroit producer’s legacy by recruiting artists to spit over a collection of previously unheard beats. As Nitt put it: “We’ve created an album that would make Dilla proud. But this isn’t a nostalgia trip: Dilla beats were so future-forward that they’re right on time in 2013 and we’ve assembled the best artists possible to represent that.”
The first single is ‘Quicksand’ b/w ‘Fisherman’. The former features one of Dilla’s best known supporters and collaborators, Chicago’s Common, with Dezi Paige on the hook – hear it here. The latter features L.A’s Jrocc, who’s support for and appreciation of Dilla’s work has never been a secret, and Detroit Serious. You can view an official video for ‘Fisherman’ below.
The single is out today via iTunes. The album is expected in the fall.