As promised, above is the second part to Stussy’s 3-part Dilla documentary series.  Also,don’t forget to pick up their commemorative Dilla R.I.P. t-shirt at a Stussy location near you (or over at Stones Throw while supplies last).

Previously: Part 1

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Freeway & Jake One

February 17, 2010

Their first full collaborative effort The Stimulus Package drops today at a record spot near you (or local iTunes shop).  This album is pure fire, so please check it out…Review underway.

Freeza!

R.I.P. Big L

February 16, 2010

11 years ago today, one of the most deadly lyricists to ever touch the mic passed away…Big L had more style than a majority of the competition, and was absolutely relentless on wax.  It’s maddening to think what he could have done with more time, but the imprint he left on this culture is inarguably unparalleled.

I had the luck of finding his classic “Devil’s Son” almost a year ago, which in my opinion is one of the greatest hip-hop 12″ to ever drop.

R.I.P!

Dilla x Stussy

February 12, 2010

In honor of the late-great Jay-Dee, Stussy is working with the Dilla Estate to put together a nice little tribute to the 4th anniversary of his passing.  Above is a shirt design they put together to commemorate his legacy, and features a famous shot of Jay Dee making beats while rocking the classic Stussy logo shirt.  Basically, you’d be wearing a Stussy shirt with a picture of Dilla wearing a Stussy shirt…Definitely copping one.

Below is the first part (of three) of the accompanying Dilla documentary (done by Stussy as well), which includes memories about Jay shared by the likes of DJ House Shoes, Peanut Butter Wolf, J-Rocc, and Frank Nitty (to name a few)…

Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3 later this month..

Best of 2009

February 9, 2010

As I’ve been on a blogging sebattical for several months now (my bad), I never got around to giving a proper “Best of” list for 2009 albums.  Keep in mind these are records that My Bass Rocks messes with, and while most are straight hip-hop/rap oriented, there are some that expand this genre (and then some).  Without further ado, I give you MBR’s Best of 2009 List:

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Cookin’ Soul: “Big Dilla (mixtape)”

To commemorate both J-Dilla’s 36th birthday and the 10th anniversary of Big Pun’s passing on February 7th, the good folks at 2DopeBoyz put together a nice tribute for two of hip-hops greats.  Filled with knocking Dilla production and classic Pun wordplay (both from previous work), this is one of the better mixtapes to drop in recent memory.

Peep the tracklist after the jump..

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Project Boy

February 9, 2010

Joel Ortiz: “Project Boy (Prod. DJ Premier)”

Even thought it’s a radio rip, you get the idea here.  I’ve always wanted to hear Ortiz over Premier (or even Slaughterhouse please), and the outcome is as ill as I was hoping…I don’t know what it is about Brooklyn MC’s over Preemo, but it seems to work every single time.

Off Joel’s upcoming debut Free Agent, which drops on March 23rd.

Props Premier Blog

Happy Birthday Dilla

February 8, 2010

1974 – 2006

Yesterday marked James Yancey’s (aka J-Dilla, Jay Dee, or Pay Jay) 36th birthday, so happy belted to one of the greatest to ever do it.  His influence is unparalleled to this day, and his legacy lives strong within the hip-hop and soul communities.

Turn It Up!

Previously: Best Dilla Beats Ever

Treat Her Like a Lady..

February 6, 2010

I’ve been waiting on this one for a minute…Once I saw this 12″ some moths ago and passed, I’ve been on the hunt ever since.  This is a pretty rare release from MC Peaches (not to be confused with Peaches) off Bumrush! Records (1988).  Both sides are ill, with the slight advantage going to the title track “Treat Her Like a Lady” (sampling The Temptations’ track of the same name).  No diss to the flip with “Commin Straight Rollin Hard” (w/ “Pass the Peas” loop), which holds it’s own on this monster of a 12″.

Listen to both tracks off this 12″ after the jump:

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Jaylib vs. J-Rocc

February 4, 2010

Jaylib vs. J-Rocc (mixtape)

Back in like 2003, my good friend Stephen Wonder put me on to this promo CD that Stones Throw released simply titled Jaylib vs. J-Rocc.  I was a big fan of both Madlib and Dilla, and was blown away at the concept of those two beatsmiths putting together an album.  I never managed to grab a copy of the OG promo CD, and have been waiting for an official digital release for years…Glad to see the good folks at the Stones Throw heard me loud and clear.  Enjoy!