Audio: J Dilla "Clap Your Hands" [Unreleased Bling47 Freestyle]
In addition to compiling our OKP D’Angelo Live mixtape Sam Champ put me up on the launch of the new site from Bling47, which Detroiters and other slum villagers will recognize as a front organization for the nefarious activities Waajeed from Platinum Pied Pipers. Along with some cool videos Waajeed threw up a few straight-to-cassette J Dilla productions which he’s been keeping in a shoebox somewhere, waiting for someone to invent file-sharing. Among them was this freestyle, titled “Clap Your Hands,” or possibly “Listen To This” which–to my knowledge–has never seen the (computer) light of day before now. As ‘Jeedo put it:
I got this one on a cassette from T3 circa 1997. I’m not sure what it was for, or why Dilla had this on tape, but I thought it was hilarious. “Shut the F*ck Up and listen to this… this.” This kind of style was typical for our crew at this time – we were just finishing up the Fantastic Vol 1 album. It was never about what they said – but instead how they said it. We called it “R.A.W.” – Rugged And wild. And that is exactly what this one is – tape hiss and all. -Enjoy, Jeedo
Stream above, enjoy the view of downtown Detroit–and happy Dilla month! More Dilla events and projects coming soon.