uchi clothing vs J Dilla – Album cover

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J Dilla Photo: Roger Erickson

Source: www.stonesthrow.com/jdilla

If you’re a fan of the late legendary Hip Hop/neo soul producer J Dilla, you’ll know how much he is loved around the world as a prolific producer, beat maker and musician. He has produced tracks for the likes of Slum Village, The Roots, Janet Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, The Pharcyde… The list is as huge as his respect from fans and artists alike. Many of my favourite Hip Hop joints have been produced by J Dilla, aka Jay Dee, despite not always being aware at the time he was the producer. Recently, I dug out some of my Erykah Badu and D’angelo albums (amongst others), just to listen closer to that ‘Dilla’ sound, the smooth breaks with that organic feel that made me instantly like them so much. That’s the beauty of true authentic art. You’re not meant to notice the technicalities or the cracks and imperfections, but it’s those things that make them so special and stand shoulders above the rest.

Legendary J Dilla

J Dilla first made his mark as a producer for Slum Village, in his home town of Detroit and in the early 2000s went on to have a solo career and collaborations. Anyone will tell you that this only skims the surface of his catalogue. I won’t go into details, I would suggest you listen to anything he was involved in and go from there. You’ll discover the enormous amount of praise and respect he receives and recognise it was all well deserved. Needless to say, his status amongst artist, fans, beat makers, vinyl seekers, musicians and those that ‘know’ is that close to a deity. Upon his untimely death in 2006, he had already amassed a huge collection of production credits on a variety of diverse projects. He is widely regarded as “one of the most influential Hip Hop artists” and a “producers favourite producer”.

Sadly, after suffering for a long time with the blood disease thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpuran, in February 2006, J Dilla died at 32 years old. His legacy lives on. His dedication to his craft is legendary. Stories about his beat making methods, his mastery of equipment and rolling up to gigs in his wheelchair have given him cult status and inspired musicians worldwide. J Dilla underground beat tapes have being circulated and bootlegged, tribute albums have been produced and his work has been translated for a 60-piece orchestra.

Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes

Timeless: Suite For Ma Dukes album cover

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Mochilla Presents): Timeless: Suite For Ma Dukes (The Music Of James “Dilla” Yancey)



This orchestrated homage to J Dilla’s work, brings me to why I’m writing this. Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes – composed and arranged by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson in 2009, pays tribute to Dilla, interpreting his work into sublime orchestral pieces. It features artists such as Bilal, Common, Dwele, Karriem Riggins, Posdnuos, Talib Kweli and more. Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes is, as well as everything else Dilla put his hand to, well a worth a listen.
 

Here is a work in progress. My own version of the Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes album cover. I wanted to capture Dilla’s intricate style, the classical elements, his layered loops and samples. I wanted to create something that looked elegant, intricate and, well, “timeless”. Timeless J Dilla timeless-dilla-vice2

J Dilla aka James Yancey, Jay Dee 1974-2006. For more J Dilla visit www.j-dilla.com. Watch Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes

Videos: The Pharcyde – Drop (1995) Raekwon – House of Flying Daggers (2009)
Janet Jackson – Got ‘Til It’s Gone (Ummah Jay Dee’s Revenge Mix) (1997) Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra – Untitled / Fantastic (A Tribute To J Dilla) (2009)
uchi clothing - varsity jacket

uchi clothing co varsity jacket

uchi clothing co presents the “Peace Unity Love and Havng Fun” varsity jacket.

A 100% heavyweight organic brushed cotton jacket featuring uchi’s popular hand screen printed design. Inspired by the Afrika Bambaataa and James Brown song “Unity”, we think this larger reprint looks quite nice for the college jacket look and also the T shirts.

Peace Unity Love and Having Fun Varsity Jacket - by uchi clothing

Peace Unity Love and Having Fun Varsity Jacket – by uchi clothing

 

Peace Unity Love and Having Fun Varsity Jacket - by uchi clothing

Peace Unity Love and Having Fun Varsity Jacket – by uchi clothing

 

Peace Unity Love and Having Fun Varsity Jacket - by uchi clothing

Peace Unity Love and Having Fun Varsity Jacket – by uchi clothing

 

Peace Unity Love and Having Fun Dark Red T shirt

Peace Unity Love and Having Fun Dark Red T shirt

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Pi T shirts by uchi clothing co

Happy Pi Day 2016

Happy Pi Day 2016

Weapons of Mass Instruction Hoodie - uchi clothing co

Weapons of Mass Instruction Hoodie

Another classic from uchi clothing is back in a new style. Its the all new Weapons of Mass Instruction hoodie.

Weapons of Mass Instruction Weapons of Mass Instruction is typeset in Enola Gay, which was created from the lettering on the side of B-29 Superfortress bomber that dropped “Little Boy”, the first atomic bomb ever used in war. Weapons of Mass Instruction is taken from the uchi clothing album revolutionary Weapons of Mass Instruction hoodie

  • Side pockets with small hidden opening for ear phone cord feed
  • Hidden earphone loops
  • Deep ribbed cuff and hem

Fabric: 400gsm, 80% Ringspun cotton, 20% Polyester Size: S, M, L, XL, 2XL (36″, 40″, 44″, 48″, 52″)

Unisex Smartphone compatible Ear phone loops Hidden cord feed