J Dilla - Dillanthology 3
- Mark Robertson
- 2 October 2009
Since his untimely death the legacy of rap producer J Dilla aka Jay Dee aka James Yancey’s work has been elevated beyond touchable. His influence on rap is considerable but sadly, there remains a battle over his offspring gaining the profits from his plethora of production jobs for everyone from De La Soul to The Pharcyde.
This is the latest in what seems like an endless array of compilations of the man’s productions, including collaborations with Madlib, Common and The Roots’ Black Thought. Some of the instrumental cuts are crying out for some rhymes to finish them off and while there’s no questioning the quality here this feel more like an exercise in completism rather than bringing uncovering any real surprises.