You must understand that this song is so good. Best intro-drop relationship you can ask for regardless of the day of the week. Pete Rock and Busta Rhymes. Certain books you may judge by the cover.

Rodney Jerkins (Darkchild)

Another year has passed since February 7th, 1974. Forty one years ago J Dilla became one of the newest citizens of planet earth that would go on to affect the lives of more humans than he would ever know. I’d like to say I’m at peace with the idea, but occasionally the acknowledgement that I’ll never see him live hits me hard. I suppose that’s all part of the legend. Instead, youths like JSWISS, Reek, Dobby Stones and myself choose to pay our respects through tribute.

It seems as though when a genre or sub-genre is first developed the early artists just try to push the the new territory to the extreme within the recently developed style of that genre. As time passes, artists, if they want to gain attention or acclaim, have to diversify. When enough artists are capable of mimicking the general sound, artists seem to get dropped into colander. The ones who have found a new path away from the root of the genre get noticed. Because when you create a unique sound, until someone else can match that particular style, there are no alternatives to your sound and yourself. It’s some Tom and Jerry-type [stuff]. They try to catch up while you try to widen the gap. And often times the genre benefits when one of its artists integrates his music with another genre. Consider electronic and hip hop and reggae and rock and roll.

I was never much into electronic. But if someone else put it on and it was accentuating the positive vibrations then I was a fan. It’s was the same for trap. Four years ago I wasn’t much of a fan. I think it’s because most of what I heard was still the pushing it to the limits. Kind of like a producer with a heavy metal mentality. But as time passed and I started hearing the creativity that was surviving through the Darwinian musical environment, I began to recognize how awesome it is to have your opinion of a genre changed. The result is my brain developing an appreciation for a sub-genre.

The above two paragraphs were an extended example of what I was thinking about when I heard this song. The information is this: Rolex Daytona, half of Foreign Vehichles (the other half is Maserati Boves),  remixed fellow Massachusetts artist Cousin Stizz’s “A-World”, a track originally landscaped on a Tee-Watt beat. I heard Daytona’s first and it fits the verbs, nouns and adjectives from Stizz’s thoughts like a glove on a hand of someone who prefers perfect-size gloves. That’s not easy an easy thing to do. Both versions are chill in the house, so if you have a few minutes today for a genuine music recommendation, I recommend listening to the music. Especially if you just read about it.

This is the best opening line I’ve heard over the recent year, 2014. If you want to understand history unfolding in front of your ears in 2015 when you listen to Rey Stackz‘ new project, The High, it would be good for you to listen to some or all of its predecessor, The Guide to Growth and Development.

If you only have enough time for 1 song: 

Its really dope to contextualize just how dope old school flows can go so hard over some modern beats. Can you imagine if this had been the original? Our bar for exquisite trap would be much higher.

Saw them open a concert, and soon they’ll be headliners.

I’ve been noticing a personal posting trend lately. The recent posts of mine have either been produced by El-P, or are crazy inspiring to me.

This just so happens to fit nicely into both of those criteria.

This is just one of those times where I stumble into a song and can’t stop replaying it and then listening to its instrumental a few times. I feel that I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t share it.

The track is off of Common and No I.D.‘s album Resurrection, released when I was 2 years old.

Note: No I.D. is not a bad lyricist.

Here’s the instrumental if you’re interested:

Detroit MC Reek and Dobby Stones collaborate for this J Dilla-dedicated track “Feel the Rhythm”. As the first collaboration between the two artists, Reek seems at home on Stones’ tribute in the style of Dilla’s smoother side. If I had to guess, you’d like this song if you were a fan of “Hold Tight”, “Time: Donut of the Heart” or “The Look of Love”.


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