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De La Soul & J Dilla release Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy)

March 28th

By Kevin Tshiamala

Thanks for tuning in to today’s Hip Hop lesson. This course is for upperclassman only. If you are unsure of the legends that

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are De La Soul and J Dilla, go back a few chapters and learn up. For 101ers start with De La Soul is Dead and Fantastic Vol. 1.

It’s not often that I check the promotion tab in my Gmail, but early this morning I caught a glimpse of an email subject which stated, “With Love, from De La Soul.” Like Biggie said, “I had to wipe the crust out my eye, to see who’s this paging me and why.” Surprise, surprise, the teasers that DLL have been putting out over the past months regarding a new mixtape finally came to fruition. The email contained a copy of their new mixtape, released today, Smell the D.A.I.S.Y (Da Inner Soul of Yancy).

The comprehensive mixtape consists of eleven songs of classic De La vocals over unreleased productions by the late great J Dilla. The poignant De La lyrics intertwine and work well with the magnificent rhythmic productions of Yancey. Dilla’s masterful usage of samples by chopping them up and rearranging them to make something unique, but yet profound is clearly evident. Just check out, “Dilla Plugged In,” with the “Work It” sample combined with heavy chords, and perfectly timed high hats and more, as the lyrics say, “We getting down tonight.” The song then smoothly switches to “Goes with the Word” once again combining a plethora of beats and samples. That’s about as deep as we’ll get into attempting to dissect the works of J Dilla. As DLL stated in the email, “With this project we just wanted to be creative. Dilla was always our muse for creativity. He was always that springboard, that person, that individual, that sound, that generated creation, generated inspiration. He meant a lot to us and to Hip-Hop as a whole.”

A friend of mine – who I owe my career to – just came up with a better and more efficient way of rating albums, mixtapes, and the like. It’s simple, but yet effective. Give the album a percentage rating based on how many of the tracks are actually above par and worth a listen. Like DLL said in “Goes With the Word,” “Ain’t no Dilla like the one I got/No one can do shit better/His beats held the DNA of hip hop/and kept it hot like a thermal sweater /You can’t duplicate it so just leave it alone.” De La Soul & J Dilla’s mixtape Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy) gets a 100%.

Your homework assignment before the next lesson, download the mixtape now for free.

PS. For you Spongebob lovers… J Dilla didn’t forget about you.

For more information please visit De La Soul’s official website: http://www.wearedelasoul.com/

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