We just recently passed the 11th anniversary of href="http://www.dancingastronaut.com/tag/j-dilla">J Dilla‘s passing. The untimely loss of the Slum Village producer and rapper dealt a heavy blow to the hip-hop community, though even more than a decade later, the iconized emcee is still giving gifts to fans. Well, more accurately, his mother is. Dilla’s mom, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, has curated a new collection of unreleased, previously unheard beats from her son’s oeuvre, rounding 19 tracks together into an aptly-titled new mixtape, Motor City.
The newly discovered instrumentals are scheduled to land on April 21, compiled by Ma Dukes as both a letter to her son and an homage to their native city of Detroit. The physical copies of the limited-edition posthumous release will be packaged in an envelope that carries a handwritten note from Yancey to Jay Dee inside as well. Ahead of Motor City‘s official release, Beat Junkies figurehead J Rocc has mixed the 19 new cuts into “Motor City Blend #1” which will be available to download with the album next month. Listen to J Rocc’s mix below:style="text-align: center;"> src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/310428225&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"> style="text-align: left;">H/T: href="http://www.factmag.com/2017/03/07/unreleased-j-dilla-instrumentals-motor-city/">FACT style="text-align: left;">Read More: class="entry-title"> href="http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2016/02/flying-lotus-shares-decade-old-tribute-j-dilla-anniversary-passing/">Flying Lotus shares decade-old tribute to J Dilla on the anniversary of his passing class="entry-title"> href="http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2013/08/disclosure-nod-to-dilla-and-beyond-for-debut-essential-mix-duties/">Disclosure nod to J Dilla and beyond for debut Essential Mix duties