Ever since the late great J Dilla passed away, there has been a few posthumous releases featuring Dilla’s works, but most of those releases haven’t lived up to the great standard J Dilla eschews. The Yancey boys, consisting of Illa J and Frank Nitt, are up to that challenge as they are getting set to release Sunset Blvd, an album full of tracks produced by Dilla.
Both of these two artists know they alone can’t live up to Dilla’s legend, so they have enlisted the help of some great emcees who have worked with Jay Dee, from T3 of Slum Village to Slimkid3 of The Pharcyde.
“Quicksand” is the first single from the LP featuring frequent collaborator and friend Common and singer Dezi Paige. Dezi Paige adds another dimension to a super soulful beat while Common delivers a strong verse where the emotional impact of his friendship with Dilla comes out. Frank Nitt and Illa J keep up with veteran Common and add in their own two great verses with Illa J showing he is capable of living up to his brother’s legacy. Sunset Blvd is set to be released on September 17th.