I’m a few days late with this one, but thank the Internet gods for not letting this completely pass me by. Without a doubt, Marley Marl is one of the greatest producers to ever do it. And the living legend is taking part in a new series presented by DubSpot that features producers recreating some of their most famous instrumentals. In this case, it’s his beat for Eric B. & Rakim‘s “Eric B. is President”, which he breaks down and plays for us here. Watch it below.
J DILLA’S ESTATE TO RELEASE MORE UNRELEASED MATERIAL
11/21/12 | By Andrew Martin | Potholes in my Blog
It appears that even more previously unreleased J Dilla material will be coming our way. FACT reports that the late rapper-producer’s estate, which is helmed by his mother, has teamed with Delicious Vinyl to get the music out there. This includes a brand-new single called “The Throwaway” that’s credited to the Yancey Boys–aka Dilla and his younger brother Illa J–featuring Frank Nitt. That one’s due out next month. Then in 2013, a series of 10″ records will be pressed housing previously unheard beats and rhymes. Hopefully this is all better than The Rebirth of Detroit.
Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet’s Soul
by OLIVER WANG | npr.org
Since Bill Withers’ 1971 debut, he has had nine albums, all of which are now available in a box set. Oliver Wang has the review, plus a list of cover songs, including one by John Legend and The Roots.