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

February 7, 2022

The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Liv.e, Jon Bap, Okay Kaya and More [Playlist]

Catch up on a week's worth of essential cuts. Short on marquee releases, this week's drops are more of a… Read More

January 24, 2020

Reminisce on the Early Days of Slum Village in T3’s “Mr. Fantastic” Lyric Video [Premiere]

Slum Village's T3 has released his debut EP, Mr. Fantastic. Even after all of these years, Slum Village still lives… Read More

January 24, 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

Common Talks About Using J Dilla Production on New Album: “I Had to Make Sure…I Wasn’t Doing Something He’d Be Against” [Interview]

We caught up with Common to discuss his friendship with J Dilla, linking with Swizz Beatz, and how he feels… Read More

August 6, 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

Mixtape Monday: Bun B x Statik Selektah, Pivot Gang, ShunGu + More

The deck is stacked this Mixtape Monday with jams from Bun B x Statik Selektah, Pivot Gang, ShunGu & more.… Read More

April 22, 2019

PREMIERE: Listen to Phat Kat Rap Over One of the Grimiest J. Dilla Beats Ever on the Previously Unreleased “World Premiere”

Phat Kat has unearthed an unreleased classic In 2007, Detroit rapper Phat Kat released his sophomore album. Carte Blanche. The… Read More

July 24, 2018

Stream Slum Village’s ‘The Lost Scrolls Vol. 2’ Album

Slum Village has been sitting on this one for a while In 2000, after two years of pushbacks and delays,… Read More

April 20, 2018

Slum Village Releases a “Lost Remix” of Their Q-Tip-Featured Classic “Hold Tight”

Slum Village celebrates a classic It's always amazing what's hidden in your favorite artists' stash. Slum Village, which is now… Read More

April 5, 2018

Amp Fiddler Announces Fourth Studio Album with J Dilla-Produced “Return of The Ghetto Fly”

It's the Return of The Ghetto Fly Legendary Detroit musician and honorary P-Funk member, Amp Fiddler, has announced his new… Read More

September 6, 2017

Hear Elzhi Torch a Pair of Neptunes Productions in Rare Tim Westwood Freestyle

Tim Westwood might be the only person on the planet with any remaining reverence for the term "Throwback Thursday." And… Read More

May 25, 2017

Slum Village’s ‘Vol. 0’ Set For First-Ever Vinyl Pressing, Pre-Orders Now Available

At the top of the year, a mysterious Slum Village project popped up on Spotify and various streaming platforms. Vol. 0,… Read More

April 18, 2017

Watch New Animated Little Simz Visuals For “Picture Perfect”

Little Simz has dropped the animated video for her track "Picture Perfect." Little Simz released her album Stillness in Wonderland back in December of… Read More

February 17, 2017

Watch Promo Video For Hezekiah’s Upcoming EP ‘GODS’ + Listen To Single

Hezekiah has returned with the announcement of an upcoming EP, a new single, and a promo video for the project. The EP is… Read More

January 3, 2017

Hear Early Slum Village Demos and Unreleased Material on ‘Vol. 0’

Spotify seems to have the goods when it comes to J Dilla rarities. Yesterday, while diving down the Dilla beat… Read More

December 7, 2016