Illa J Welcomes Listeners Into His & J Dilla’s Childhood Home (Video)
Detroit, Michigan’s own Illa J, younger brother of J Dilla, is dropping his third solo studio album Home on Jakarta Records later this month. He has released a fittingly personal video for the project’s title track, shot on the steps of the Yancey boys’ childhood home.
This is his first single devoid of rapping. Instead, the Yancey Boys co-founder really comes into his own as a singer on the record, letting his soul shine through. Surrounded by his family, the former Delicious Vinyl Records artist delivers a touchingly inspirational song with equally moving visuals, taking viewers on a tour of his hometown. This is a unique lane for the Motown vet’, and some personal songwriting.
He even welcomes viewers inside, so to speak, showing a brief montage in tribute to his deceased sibling which includes a plaque for Dilla’s work on The Roots’ Things Fall Apart and a painting of the legendary producer and MC.
“In a way [it shows] how I’m the man of my family now,” he explains. “Since my dad and my brother are gone physically, I represent them both.”