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With its rapturous single “Quicksand” featuring Common, Sunset Blvd. also teams Yancey Boys with De La Soul’s Posdnuos (“Beautiful”), The Pharcyde’s SlimKid3 (“Rock My World”), and T3 of Slum Village (“Jeep Volume”), making it clear that the Dilla legacy is being represented by those who knew and collaborated with Dilla in his lifetime. Additional guests on Sunset Blvd. include DJs Rhettmatic, C-Minus, and JRocc (Beat Junkies) as well as rap roughneck Guilty Simpson and R&B strongman Eric Roberson. “We’ve created an album that would make Dilla proud,” says Frank Nitt, who grew up with Dilla in Detroit. “But this isn’t a nostalgia trip: Dilla’s beats were so future-forward that they’re right on time in 2013, and we’ve assembled the best artists possible to represent that.”
Stream “Quicksand” (feat. Common & Dezi Paige):
The road to Sunset Blvd. has been paved with hard work and sweet inspiration. In 2008, Illa J began making music under the Yancey Boys banner, with the guidance of Delicious Vinyl co-founder Michael Ross and utilizing beats his elder brother left behind. Ross explains: “Putting together the first Yancey Boys album was a unique opportunity to keep it all in the family by giving young Illa J a jump off with unreleased beats of his late great brother. In addition, the record was a unique way to satiate Dilla’s rabid fan base with a batch of undiscovered gems.
On Sunset Blvd., Illa and Frank dive deep into to a new batch of stunning unreleased Dilla beats to take what we did on the first album to the next level.” Steady touring, recording, and the success of the annual Dilla Day Detroit Festival all contribute to the versatile sensibilities of Sunset Blvd. The album’s standout joints include “Go And Ask The DJ” (a storming rap jam featuring Guilty Simpson with cuts by JRocc) and the sensual “Lovin U” featuring R&B stylist Eric Roberson with cuts by Chily T. The release of Sunset Blvd. is preceded by the release of the single “Quicksand” featuring Common and Dezi Paige. Rooted in history and realized in the present, this is a new chapter in the Yancey legacy.
Watch for the world premier of the video for “Quicksand” featuring Common and Dezi Paige filmed at the legendary Watts Towers coming soon!
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