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Yancey Boys

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Timeless
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We Here
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R U Listenin'?
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Alien Family
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Strugglin
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Showtime
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Swagger
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Mr. Shakes (Skit)
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DFTF
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All Good
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Sounds Like Love
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Everytime
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Illasoul
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Air Signs
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 48:03

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Jeff Weiss

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11.11.08
The legendary J Dilla's little brother does the late legend proud
2008 | Label: Delicious Vinyl / Audio Bee

In the two years that have elapsed since underground legend J Dilla passed, dozens of rappers — among them Busta Rhymes, Jay Electronica and Q-Tip — have plundered his seemingly abyssal stock of unused beats. Yet only Dilla's younger brother, 21-year-old Illa J, can claim them as a birthright.

Upon relocating to Los Angeles from the family's hometown of Detroit, Illa J received the ideal housewarming present: a CD's worth of unused beats that his… read more »

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We Here

lj2kplus

Illa J puts in work here as he lays down vocals and production that help keep the memory of Jay Dee alive. I don't think true hip hop heads will ever forget his influence, but it doesn't hurt to get a refresher. There are several head nodders on here, but don't expect a lot of deep lyrical content. Nonetheless, take it for what it is and enjoy.

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Get this

chriscrey

Just putting in my 2 cents to grap this as well. Illa J does his brother proud. Spread the love to someone who hasn't heard.

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Ill, but scary...

HuzHe

Showtime, DFTF, Everytime and Swagger are especially hard to listen to without shaking my head like, wow, Jay Dee was on some ish. Those were Pharcyde throwaway tracks?? Hmm. Personally, I think Jay Dee didn't shine cause when MCs got beats from him they would get hypnotized by the music and forget what to say. I also believe that J Dilla was an alien and was forced to abort his mission due to terrorism and our lack of readiness for his next phase. Illa eerily sounds like the early Jay Dee on the mic.

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One of the best albums of 2008

bleep

Some tight vintage Dilla beats wih nice style of rhyming and singing. The tracks "Timeless" and "All Good" are really one of the best Dilla joints i've ever heard.

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The title of rapper/singer Illa J’s debut album refers to the man himself along with his older brother J Dilla, aka Jay Dee, the game-changing hip-hop producer from Detroit who passed away in 2006 at the age of 32. The beats on Yancey Boys are “all previously untouched Jay Dee gems” that were given to Illa J by Delicious Vinyl’s founder, Michael Ross. Safe to say, the younger Yancey’s first encounter with these tracks had to bring a heavy set of emotions, but with everything here being immediately recognizable as Dilla, the end result for the longtime fan is still one of ghosts and bittersweet memories. Nocturnal keyboards, elegant pianos, lazy beats, and the occasional Kraftwerk-like twist all combine to make warm soul music, but save the D’Angelo-like “We Here” and the more hip-hop highlight “DFTF,” those final Dilla touches are missing, as they were on all those sketchbook-like bootleg beat tapes that have appeared since the man’s passing. The younger Yancey’s contributions are unsurprising lyrics that sing the praises of chilling or soul searching by wandering in circles. Worst of the latter is the perhaps ironically titled “Timeless,” which kicks off the uncertain album with “I spent so much time living inside the bubble/I just wanna lay back and stay outta trouble/I think its time for me to break out of the shell/And I can’t be afraid to fail.” To his credit, his heavy workload includes putting the finishing touches on these lost tracks and figuring out how to pay tribute to his older brother while pimping his own potential. His solution is so understated and mellow that Yancey Boys ends up an interesting release for the Dilla faithful instead of Illa J’s grand entrance. – David Jeffries

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