J Dilla is one of the most revered and influential artists to ever touch the hip-hop world. Taken too early, at the age of 32, the Detroit producer music has lived on in a multitude of ways. Inspiring everyone from Flying Lotus to Mac Miller, it is almost blasphemy to not list him as one of your influences as a producer today. Dilla even has his own day dedicated to him (Dilla Day).
There have been rumblings about mountains of unreleased Dilla material for awhile now, and today Dilla’s mother and J Dilla Foundation head Ma Dukes announced the digital release and stream of the vinyl-only release of Dillatroit, a compilation of choice cuts from the producer’s glory days that never seemed to find the light of day, with cuts from The Lost Scrolls and Rebirth Of Detroit. Start your week off right and stream this golden thread of audio below. You can also buy the full project here, with proceeds going to the J Dilla Foundation, which is fighting to improve music education programs across the country.