Eight years after the passing of J Dilla, he is still one of the most revered hip hop producers to have ever hit the boards, and his former group, Slum Village, continues to secure that legacy, this time with a fresh, new single featuring one of his beats, "Yes Yes."
The song was released on his birthday, Feb. 7, in conjunction with Dilla Detroit Day 2014, a concert held at the legendary Fillmore in his hometown. DJ Premier, Pete Rock and De La Soul were among the performers.
"Yes Yes" is now available on iTunes, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Dilla's children, the group promises.
"I would like to thank everyone for the love and support, and Slum Village, and Yancey Media Group for donating the proceeds from this single to Dilla's daughters," said Joylette, the mother of Dilla's youngest daughter.
Similarly, last year, Joey Bada$$ hooked up with a Dilla beat to create "Two Lips." All of the proceeds from that song went to the J Dilla Foundation, which provides instruments and music lessons to children in need.
Dilla (born James Dewitt Yancey) was a founding member of Slum Village. He left the group in 2000 to pursue a solo career, and released two full-length projects of his own. His catalog includes chart-topping hits for the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson and the Roots.
He died Feb. 10, 2006, after succumbing to a long battle with Lupus at the age of 32.
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