Dilla Sundays was initially put into practice both to make Sunday a very special day and to prevent us from flooding the site with Jay Dee, denying other artists any real estate on our site. However, I did not foresee a reality where I might miss a Sunday due to unseen situation or solemn circumstance, thus resulting in an undeserved delay in some crucial postings.
Now is the time. This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. For it is Sunday.
Illa J and Frank Nitt, what a treat. To deliver us with this sound, this vibe, this offering… it is a gift. Their new album, Sunset Blvd, follows up where The Lost Scrolls left me hanging. Dilla is a man of many sounds, and this beat reminds me of fellow graduated legend, Nujabes, but the drums are undeniably his own. I seriously enjoy Nitt over beats like this, not knocking 48 Hrs by any means, but the contrast is noticeably appealing, especially leading into Illa J’s verbiage and nounance, always unquestionably genuine over his brother’s foundation.
And then there are the guests. I will avoid my instinct to overlaud Common and his presence on this song, which wouldn’t be undeserved, as his reputation and resume has proven. Rather, I would like to offer songstress Dezi Paige the genuine compliment that I believe that her contribution to this song is equisignificant to Common’s own. I have never heard of you, Dezi Paige, but you have joined the ranks of the supremely gifted, those who have made positive impact on a J Dilla instrumental. Cheers.