Song of the Week - Illa J - Timeless

Friday, November 28, 2008

I was supposed to blog about the continuing economic crisis, but to be quite honest, I'm sick of thinking about it. So on to something else, starting with this track.

Background info - Illa J is the younger brother of J Dilla, producer extraordinaire who passed away a few years ago. Illa J dropped a CD featuring himself rapping and singing over his brother's beats and I have been listening to it constantly for the last couple of weeks. The beats were crafted by Dilla during the late 90s, so they have a Tribe Called Quest / Pharcyde feel to them.

Some feel like the CD may just be a guy trying to cash in on his brother's celebrity. I think that's a bit out of bounds. How someone chooses to honor a deceased family member is truly on them. If the family has no problem with this album, then neither do I. Also, the more you listen to the CD the more you really feel like Illa J was channeling the vibe and spirit of his older brothers sound and the style of the late 90s.

While Illa J won't necessarily excite anyone with unbelievable lyrics, he more than holds his own performing over his brothers beats. The nostalgia of the the entire disc quickly grew on me and was a nice break from today's hip hop. The CD is definitely worth taking a minute to listen to at Last FM or through videos on YouTube.

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