J Dilla and his unfortunate passing in 2006 left the Hip-Hop landscape without one of its best producers and musicians. Adding to the growing list of posthumous projects from Dilla Dawg is the release of a never heard before mixtape featuring the beat-maker flexing his DJ skills.
According to BBE co-founder Peter Adarkwah, the Back To The Crib mixtape was a mix Dilla rode around with just for the fun of it. Boiler Room, which is graciously hosting the mixtape on Adarkwah’s behalf, features quotes regarding the tape.
From Boiler Room:
“Towards the end of 1999 or early 2000, it was my first trip to Detroit. James (Yancey) was working with James Poyser on Erykah’s Mama’s Gun LP. We’d checked out a couple of record stores (I can’t recall where or their names) and this tape was playing in the car. I recall Think Twice was on the tape and I suggested there and then that he do a cover with Erykah for the BBE album. We didn’t get the Erykah feature, but people sure remember James’ cover. We drove past a sign, it said Welcome To Detroit and I suggested that would be a good name for the album. When we pulled over James gave me the tape and said this is yours, or words to effect.”
Check out J Dilla’s Back To The Crib mixtape below. Also, BBE just dropped the 10th-anniversary edition of Dilla’s The Shining album which can be purchased by following this link. The tracklisting to the mix can be found on the Boiler Room link above.