Arguably no single organization is doing more to keep alive the flame of the late hip-hop producer J Dilla than the label Stones Throw, whose latest act of commemoration is the fourth in a series of tribute mixes. This one, by J Rocc (of Beat Junkies fame), runs through a broad slate of Dilla’s beat-heavy, nostalgia-tinged, old-school hip-hop. There are snatches of rapping in there, but this mix is, true to Dilla’s legacy, mostly about rhythm and appropriation, groove and humor (MP3). You can play guess the sample, or you can just kick back and appreciate Dilla’s soulful way with beats and cues.
[audio:http://www.stonesthrow.com/podcast/stonesthrow43act_4.mp3|titles=”Thank You Jay Dee Act 4″|artists=J Rocc Mixes J Dilla]The mix is 45 minutes long. More info at stonesthrow.com, which promises a track listing in the future — “if/when we can sort it out.”