If you’re reading this you’re probably well-aware that J Dilla‘s birthday is just around the calendar corner. Tomorrow the world will mark what would have been his 41st birthday, and the entire month of February (as you know) has once again been christened Dilla Month. This weekend Miami is set to explode with a 3 day mutli-venue party, all in Dilla’s name, and next weekend NYC will show its love for Jay dee at the Donuts Are Forever get down.
But we just can’t wait to get things properly started, and Dilla’s music is too damn amazing to put off another day. Okayplayer is very pleased to bring the world premiere of the “Bangin Like A Dilla Instrumental” mix, an hour-long set of the choicest Pay Jay joints, all of them instrumental and many of them very rare. The mix was composed by an all-Miami crew of DJ Manuvers, DJ Sharpsound and LouiArson. The trio come from the Chocolate Sundays collective and put in brilliant work to honor J Dilla. The mix features The Pharcyde’s “Be Like That,” the Slum Village classic “Fall In Love,” Jay’s solo cut “So Far To Go,” and a rare remix of “Stakes Is High,” the greatest De La Soul track ever made. Before, after, and between these cuts you’ll hear rare micro-joints plucked from the legion of Dilla beat tapes that have been recovered. It’s a top-shelf mix of some of the best hip-hop ever made, and the perfect send on an early “happy birthday” to the greatest producer to ever do it. We miss you, Jay, and we’ll never stop treasuring to your gifts.