Illa J

The 17 Best J Dilla Beats Of All Time

J Dilla wasn't just your favorite producer's favorite producer, he was also your favorite rapper's favorite producer — and these… Read More

February 7, 2023

How J Dilla’s Relationship with the Strip Club Chocolate City Inspired His Creative Process

Those who knew J Dilla best understood how his love for strip clubs — especially Detroit's now-shuttered Chocolate City —… Read More

November 7, 2022

Young RJ of Slum Village Says the Group’s New Album Is Coming

Young RJ of Slum Village spoke with REVOLT about his history with J Dilla and the group's surviving members preparing… Read More

October 27, 2022

Premiere: Watch DJ Rasta Root Breakdown the Story of Phife Dawg’s “Dear Dilla (Reprise)”

DJ Rasta Root, producer and longtime manager of the late Phife Dawg breaks down how he created the beat for… Read More

August 23, 2022

After Years of Anticipation, the Posthumous Phife Dawg Album ‘Forever’ Has Been Released

The first posthumous album from Phife Dawg is star-studded with features from fellow ATCQ member Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Rapsody and… Read More

March 22, 2022

Phife Dawg & Illa J Link on New ‘Forever’ Single “French Kiss Deux”

Phife Dawg links with J Dilla's brother Illa J for "French Kiss Deux." The song will appear on Phife's long-delayed… Read More

May 3, 2021

Mixtape Monday: Kassa Overall, Sleep Sinatra, Juga-Naut, Pep Love + More

Kassa Overall, Sleep Sinatra, Juga-Naut, Pep Love and more pull up this Mixtape Monday. Kassa Overall is up first with… Read More

March 2, 2020

Slum Village’s T3 Announces New Solo Album, Shares Lead Single “Relax,” ft. Frank Nitt and Illa J

The venerable SV co-founder wrangles a pair of Detroit rap renegades for the first single off his upcoming album. T3,… Read More

January 12, 2020

Mixtape Monday: Peyton, Mannywellz, ScienZe, Ed Balloon + More

Peyton, Mannywellz, ScienZe, Ed Balloon and more raise the bar with new sounds this Mixtape Monday. Peyton makes beautiful music… Read More

September 16, 2019

T3 & Young RJ Breakdown the Legacy of Slum Village, the Influence of J. Dilla & More [Interview]

Okayplayer caught up with T3 and Young RJ  to discuss Slum Village's rotating members, J Dilla’s influence, and the legacy of… Read More

July 17, 2019

Illa J Steps Away From J Dilla’s Shadow on New Album ‘John Yancey’

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by ILLA J (@illajyanceyboy) on Oct 13, 2018 at 10:16am… Read More

November 30, 2018

Illa J Gives Off Sumertime Vibes in the “Enjoy The Ride” Video

This is pretty smooth. On November 30th, Illa J will release his new album, John Yancey, under the Jakarta Records umbrella. The… Read More

November 20, 2018

Watch the Video for Illa J’s Gorgeous New Single “Tokyo” [Premiere]

Illa J's John Yancey album is coming out this month. Last year, Illa J, the younger brother of the late, great J… Read More

October 26, 2018

Mixtape Monday: J.Kelr x Kenny Keys, Big Mon, Gabriel Teodros + More

This Mixtape Monday features heat from J.Kelr x Kenny Keys, Big Mon, Gabriel Teodros, Dave East x Styles P and… Read More

October 15, 2018

Mixtape Monday: Knife Knights, Snips, Von Pea & The Other Guys, Rasheed Chappell + More

Knife Knights, Snips, Von Pea & The Other Guys and Rasheed Chappell are first up with new music this Mixtape… Read More

September 17, 2018

Illa J Remixes Nightmares on Wax’s Soulful Single “Deep Shadows” [Premiere]

Illa J links up with Nightmares on Wax At the top of the year, veteran DJ and producer Nightmares on Wax… Read More

March 14, 2018