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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The title of rapper/singer Illa J's debut album refers to the man himself along with his older brother J Dilla, aka Jay Dee, the game-changing hip-hop producer from Detroit who passed away in 2006 at the age of 32. The beats on Yancey Boys are "all previously untouched Jay Dee gems" that were given to Illa J by Delicious Vinyl's founder, Michael Ross. Safe to say, the younger Yancey's first encounter with these tracks had to bring a heavy set of emotions, but with everything here being immediately recognizable as Dilla, the end result for the longtime fan is still one of ghosts and bittersweet memories. Nocturnal keyboards, elegant pianos, lazy beats, and the occasional ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The title of rapper/singer Illa J's debut album refers to the man himself along with his older brother J Dilla, aka Jay Dee, the game-changing hip-hop producer from Detroit who passed away in 2006 at the age of 32. The beats on Yancey Boys are "all previously untouched Jay Dee gems" that were given to Illa J by Delicious Vinyl's founder, Michael Ross. Safe to say, the younger Yancey's first encounter with these tracks had to bring a heavy set of emotions, but with everything here being immediately recognizable as Dilla, the end result for the longtime fan is still one of ghosts and bittersweet memories. Nocturnal keyboards, elegant pianos, lazy beats, and the occasional Kraftwerk-like twist all combine to make warm soul music, but save the D'Angelo-like "We Here" and the more hip-hop highlight "DFTF," those final Dilla touches are missing, as they were on all those sketchbook-like bootleg beat tapes that have appeared since the man's passing. The younger Yancey's contributions are unsurprising lyrics that sing the praises of chilling or soul searching by wandering in circles. Worst of the latter is the perhaps ironically titled "Timeless," which kicks off the uncertain album with "I spent so much time living inside the bubble/I just wanna lay back and stay outta trouble/I think its time for me to break out of the shell/And I can't be afraid to fail." To his credit, his heavy workload includes putting the finishing touches on these lost tracks and figuring out how to pay tribute to his older brother while pimping his own potential. His solution is so understated and mellow that Yancey Boys ends up an interesting release for the Dilla faithful instead of Illa J's grand entrance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl
  • UPC: 829357904522
  • Catalog Number: 9045
  • Sales rank: 100,944

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Timeless (3:11)
  2. 2 We Here (4:09)
  3. 3 R U Listenin'? (4:19)
  4. 4 Alien Family (2:17)
  5. 5 Strugglin (3:23)
  6. 6 Showtime (3:45)
  7. 7 Swagger (3:33)
  8. 8 Mr. Shakes (Skit) - Affion Crockett (0:44)
  9. 9 DFTF - Affion Crockett (4:23)
  10. 10 All Good (3:05)
  11. 11 Sounds Like Love (3:25)
  12. 12 Everytime (4:32)
  13. 13 Illasoul (3:47)
  14. 14 Air Signs (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Illa J Primary Artist
Debi Nova Guest Appearance
Frank Nitty Guest Appearance
Affion Crockett Guest Appearance
J. Rocc scratching
Technical Credits
James "Jay Dee" Yancey Composer
Geoff Schroer Engineer
Ari Raskin Mastering
Dina Juntila Graphic Design, Art Direction
Debi Nova Composer
Alfred Hawkins Logo Design
Stacey Kim Executive Producer, Management
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