J Dilla Estate to Release Special Box Set ‘The King of Beats’
We can never get enough of J Dilla. So we are very happy to hear that the late producer’s estate, supervised by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, will release a box set of previously unreleased music from Dilla.
The collection, titled ‘The King of Beats (Ma Dukes Yancey Collector’s Edition Box Set),’ will features 40 J Dilla tracks, which were all produced on the classic E-Mu SP-1200 sampler/drum machine.
The retrospective boasts four 10-inch vinyl records featuring music from Jay Dee’s ‘Batches’ collection and one special edition cassette containing four unreleased songs. There’s also a limited-edition 3.5-inch floppy disk containing one unreleased Dilla beat that was specially formatted to upload with the actual E-Mu SP-1200 machine.
“This project came about by a lot of soul searching and meditation as to what can I do now that my son has so many bootleg projects out by unknown artists without my approval,” Yancey told Rolling Stone. “Now that I’m out of mourning and full of insight and feeling my son’s energy radiate around me, I wanted to do something different but iconic; Something that people would preserve and relish for a lifetime that spoke quality.”
Ma Dukes was also kind of enough to release a rare J Dilla song call ‘Filth.’ On the track, you can hear the late producer rap a few lines over a sampling of James Brown’s grunts and rolling drums.
“‘Filth’ is definitely a track that Dilla had fun with and his lyrics would put smiles on his fan’s faces,” said Ma Dukes. “To hear him have fun doing his craft so well when he was healthy and not under any pressure is golden.”
Fans can pre-order the ‘King of Beats’ box set on June 24 at 10PM EST at the J Dilla King of Beats website, with the collection officially hitting stores on Aug. 26.