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Yancey Boys – ‘Quicksand’ Feat. Common & Dezi Paige (Prod. J Dilla)

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‘Quicksand’ is the latest offering from Detroit’s Yancey Boys, aka the duo of J Dilla comrades Frank Nitt and Illa J, who are joined by songstress Dezi Paige and Common.

The track is fueled by a previously unreleased Dilla beat that glides gracefully with a light acoustic guitar loop and his trademark head-nodding drums. It’s an apt setting for the rhymes of Com, Nitt, and Illa, who deliver thoughtful, autobiographical rhymes about their respective careers.

While their verses are certainly memorable, Paige’s vocals hit you first and stick with you once the instrumental fades. Her jazzy delivery is strong, but never dominant, and suits the mellow beat so well that you almost wish she was the only one on here. That’s not a knock on the efforts of the three MCs but merely well-deserved praise to an underrated singer.

You can stream ‘Quicksand’ below.

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