Dilla: The Time­less Trib­ute is a cul­min­a­tion of 6+ years work from Bris­tol (UK) based, IBMCs affil­i­ated pro­du­cer Vice Beats. Hav­ing heard the Suite For Ma Dukes by Miguel Atwood Fer­guson, he was inspired to cre­ate his own, unique trib­ute to J Dilla mer­ging the Clas­sic­al and Hip hop worlds to blend and infuse this new soul­ful, Hip hop and Jazz influ­enced com­pos­i­tion. The Time­less Trib­ute fea­tures a stel­lar cast of musi­cians from around the world, brought togeth­er through a col­lect­ive love of Jay Dee, and Hip hop.

The pro­ject takes some well loved ori­gin­al Dilla pieces, and through the 40 minute jour­ney cre­ates new com­pos­i­tions, reworks, and a massive range of styles. The pro­jects key col­lab­or­at­ors include the incred­ible vocal and instru­ment­al tal­ent of Greg Black­man (BBE), along­side Bris­tol based musi­cians Thalas­sic (sax­o­phone & flute), Vince Mar­tin (Viol­in) and Audi­osnax of Don’t Sleep (Ujima Radio) on vocal cuts and co-pro­duc­tion.

Along­side the main col­lab­or­at­ors there are artists fea­tured from around the world, includ­ing a wide range of UK based tal­ent such as Bro­ther­m­an, Jaz Kah­ina, Nutty P, Oracy, Habit­us, Joe Pub­lik (Born­in­aBarn) and many more. In addi­tion, there are col­lab­or­at­ors from the US, Aus­tralia, Brazil, Hol­land et al, includ­ing Audes­sey (Sound­sci), Dis­tant­s­tarr, Ris­skant and Toddy (formerly Toddla Emcee). 

Being cited by a num­ber of taste­m­akers as one of the most ori­gin­al takes on Dilla’s music they’ve heard, this is not a tra­di­tion­al trib­ute album by any means. All money raised from the album is going to the James Dewitt Yan­cey Found­a­tion, based in Detroit, who work with young musi­cians offer­ing them music­al oppor­tun­it­ies, and con­tin­ue to build Dilla’s leg­acy. The found­a­tion is close to Vice beats’ heart, who has a back­ground in com­munity youth music work across the UK span­ning 10+ years.

The album, which is due to be released on 7th Feb­ru­ary 2020 (Dilla’s birth­day) will fea­ture a lim­ited edi­tion world­wide vinyl release through HHV and Fat Beats, along­side stream­ing and down­load.That Love is the only rework­ing on Dilla: The Time­less Trib­ute which stays true to the ori­gin­al. Hav­ing been one of Vice Beat’s favour­ite Dilla beats, he wanted to cre­ate a ver­sion of Fall In Love. The track fea­tures the multi tal­en­ted word­smith Audes­sey aka. Jack Jones of Sound­sci, along­side the beau­ti­ful chor­al and instru­ment­al ele­ments sup­plied by Greg Black­man, fin­ished off with live outro drums from Brazili­an drum­mer and per­cus­sion­ist Knuf.That Love is out now

The graph­ics are by Lon­don based illus­trat­or and abstract artist Nina Wara, whose beau­ti­ful visu­als were cre­ated through a pro­cess of paint lay­er­ing to cre­ate an eye catch­ing and cre­at­ive piece, mer­ging Dilla’s MPC, an ori­gin­al sketch of the man him­self, and a vin­tage, clas­sic­al feel to the back­drop. A fit­ting graph­ic for the audio mont­age cre­ated by the album.

Vice beats has been pro­du­cing music as a solo artist along­side col­lab­or­a­tions inde­pend­ently under his own label imprint — EQ Music. 

Most not­ably, Vice beats has col­lab­or­ated with Gardna, Great Scott, Pan­acea (Rawkus Records), Replife and The Scribes, plus shar­ing stages through his vari­ous pro­jects with Scroobi­us Pip, Speech Debelle, Lazy Habits and Paper Tiger to name but a few.

Vice Beats presents — Dilla: The Time­less Trib­ute is truly a work of art and some­thing so spe­cial, it will evoke the need to listen from start to fin­ish and get you reflect­ing and con­nect­ing to be a part of this immut­able music­al con­ver­sa­tion #dil­lastor­ies 

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.