Stream a previously unreleased mixtape from J Dilla called ‘Back to the Crib’


J. Dilla lives on.

Thanks to the people over at The Boiler Room we’ve got a full 46 minutes of unheard J. Dilla. This project is a product of Dilla’s work between 1999 and 2000. The 46 minute project can be streamed in its’ entirety below. BBE Records Co-Founder Peter Ardakwah had this to say about the project:

“Towards the end of 1999 or early 2000, it was my first trip to Detroit. James (Yancey) was working with James Poyser on Erykah’s Mama’s Gun LP. We’d checked out a couple of record stores (I can’t recall where or their names) and this tape was playing in the car. I recall “Think Twice was” on the tape and I suggested there and then that he do a cover with Erykah for the BBE album. We didn’t get the Erykah feature, but people sure remember James’ cover. We drove past a sign, it said Welcome To Detroit and I suggested that would be a good name for the album. When we pulled over James gave me the tape and said this is yours, or words to effect.”

Written by Jesse Wiles

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