Yancey Boys – Quicksand ft Common & Dezi Paige

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The J Dilla catalog is never-ending. One of Hip-Hop’s most talented musicians recorded at a Tupac-like pace throughout his extensive and dynamic career. Recently, Dilla’s younger brother Illa J (now of Slum Village/Dirty Slums) and Frank Nitt (of Frank-N-Dank) took some unreleased, largely unheard Dilla compositions, and got to work on Sunset Boulevard, a project by The Yancey Boys (Illa, Frank and Dilla).

Backed by Delicious Vinyl Records, one of the first labels to give Dilla (then as Jay Dee) a check, Sunset Boulevard includes “Quicksand.” Dezi Paige lays down silky-smooth vocals on this jazzy composition, as Common delivers a Stoney verse very much aligned with his late ’90s, early 2000s collaborative collision with Dilla.

While not about Dilla, this song’s underlying tones about ascending through changing responsibilities, it only leads anybody to wonder where Dilla would be today. Like The Shining, and Ruff Draft, this is one of the better posthumous releases, at least with what we have heard so far.

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