De La Soul

De La Soul Announce J Dilla Mixtape, ‘Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.’

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 03.04.14 in News

Having recently survived the server overload their Dropbox account suffered during an ill-advised music giveaway last month, De La Soul have moved onto more important matters: making and releasing some actual new music, including their first proper LP in a decade. Up first is a mixtape featuring the dearly missed J Dilla, who would be in serious danger of depleting his legacy if the producer wasn’t so damn prolific — and flat-out fantastic at serving up singular beats — in his 32-year run on this astral plane.

“Dilla was the Tupac of producers,” Posdnuos told Rolling Stone recently. “He has so many unreleased things that no one has heard. His family knows how vital and important an ingredient his music was to our work.”

To preserve the integrity of their posthumous work together, De La Soul visited Detroit to meet Maureen Yancey — a.k.a. Dilla’s mother, “Ma Dukes” — in person. She’s referenced in the track the trio released today, “Dilla Plugged In,” a feel-good affair featuring a James Brown sample, a slow-moving piano melody and lackadaisical drum loops. Have a listen to it below, along with the massive four-part mixtape J. Rocc produced in tribute to Dilla over the past few years…