A newly unearthed J Dilla tape been unearthed.
'Back To The Crib' was recorded by the late hip-hop producer around the turn of the Millennium, and features everyone from Michael Jackson and the Doobie Brothers through to Fela Kuti.
The tape is being released by BBE Records, and in a statement Peter Adarkwah - the label's co-founder - explained a little more about the tape.
Towards the end of 1999 or early 2000, it was my first trip to Detroit. James (Yancey) was working with James Poyser on Erykah's Mama's Gun LP. We'd checked out a couple of record stores (I can't recall where or their names) and this tape was playing in the car. I recall "Think Twice was" on the tape and I suggested there and then that he do a cover with Erykah for the BBE album. We didn't get the Erykah feature, but people sure remember James' cover. We drove past a sign, it said Welcome To Detroit and I suggested that would be a good name for the album. When we pulled over James gave me the tape and said this is yours, or words to effect.
Check out the tape below.
J Dilla's 'The Shining' will be re-issued on August 29th via BBE Records.
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