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.

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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.

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“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.”