Vice Beats has just dropped his new video titled ‘Bring It Back’ with a little help from Jaz Kahina & Nutty P. As part of the bigger package titled ‘Dilla: The Timeless Tribute’, there is no better, or another way, in my opinion, to keep the memory of a true artist alive then to construct an absolute living memory to said artist, in this case, James Dewitt Yancey a.k.a J Dilla.
Inspired by another timeless ode to Dilla in the form of ‘A Suite For Ma Dukes’ by Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Vice Beats adds to the momentum of posthumous notoriety by reworking a part of Miguel’s work with the help of Jaz Kahina & Nutty P only shows how respect and admiration can also create its own artwork that can stand on its own and walk towards the future. This is brilliance incarnate.
About ‘Bring It Back’
This super smooth collaboration for Dilla: The Timeless Tribute sees Vice beats united with two of London’s rising talents…Jaz Kahina (following her recent appearance on Romesh’s podcast) alongside MC and production powerhouse Nutty P.
The track sees the lyricists explore their relationships with self-love and routing back to past events, all the way back to childhood memories. The poignant and thought-provoking verse twinned with the soulful backdrop of Vice beats reworking of Miguel Atwood Ferguson’s Suite For Ma Dukes is the perfect reflective backdrop for the new year, alongside being the final single release before the full album drops.
About ‘Dilla: The Timeless Tribute’
‘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 project’s 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 works 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.
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