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Unreleased J Dilla Instrumentals to Feature on ‘Motor City’

Producer’s mother Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey curated and sequenced compilation, which is accompanied by J Rocc digital-only blends mix

Daniel Kreps Mar 08, 2017
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Nearly 20 unreleased J Dilla instrumentals will be the focus of 'Motor City,' a collection of the producer's work curated and sequenced by his mother.

Nearly 20 unreleased J Dilla instrumentals will be the focus of ‘Motor City,’ a collection of the producer’s work curated and sequenced by his mother.

Nearly 20 unreleased J Dilla instrumentals will be the focus of Motor City, a collection of the late producer’s work curated and sequenced by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey.

The compilation serves as both a tribute to Dilla’s native Detroit as well as “letter” from Ma Dukes to her son; accordingly, the CD and vinyl copies of the album are packaged in a limited-edition mailing envelope with a handwritten letter from Ma Dukes to Dilla inside.

In addition to the 19 unheard instrumentals on Motor City, Beat Junkies founder and Dilla’s friend J Rocc has created blends utilizing the instrumentals found on the posthumous release. In the first sample of that digital-only free download that accompanies Motor City purchases, J Rocc combines a bouncy Dilla instrumental with Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.”

Motor City, due out April 21st, will be available on CD, LP and a deluxe edition packed with the album on CD, cassette and LP, a T-shirt, vinyl slipmat and a J Rocc flexi disc. Preorder all varieties at the Dillatronic site.

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Motor City follows the 2016 arrival of Dilla’s lost vocal album The Diary, which the producer initially planned on releasing in 2002 before his then-label MCA dropped him before the album came out.

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