It’s the magical time of year again you guys. Not just Black History Month, or time of the annual grammies, NBA all star game in LA, it’s Dilla’s birthday. In honor of what is undoubtedly the best hip hop producer of all time, here’s “J.Dilla : Still Shining” the documentary for the fans that know him best told by the people who love him.
For Fatlip, the females that reside under Los Angeles’ nostalgic sun have always been on some Great-White-Whale steez. It began with the Pharcyde‘s legendary “Passin Me By”, an anthem oozing with hopeless romanticism; Then, on Labcabincalifornia‘s “She Said”, Fatlip continued to find himself stranded on a lonely island where the forecast was always platonic; Fatlip’s solo venture yielded Lip’s jarringly candid “What’s Up Fatlip?”, where he admitted that he possessed virtually none of his rap-music prerequisites. Now, alongside versatile producer/wingman Yeti Beats, the Pharcyde alum is again on the trail of the almighty and elusive L.A. tigress.
Emerging from a time when West Coast rap went into deep hibernation, Strong Arm Steady has worked over the past seven years to help California not only reclaim its rightful title as the hip-hop capital of the world, but also to redefine its signature sound. Krondon, Phil Da Agony, and Mitchy Slick, all witnesses to the rise and fall of Death Row, seek to breathe new life into the West Coast rap movement, infusing their creativity, open-mindedness, and musical prowess into the medium and refusing to fall prey to the unfortunate, ubiquitous “gangsta” stereotypes that have come to characterize the scene. With two albums due out this year–the Madlib-produced In Search of Stoney Jackson and the decidedly more streamlined Arms & Hammers–Strong Arm Steady is set to remind music listeners that SoCal is just as musically vibrant as it was during the pre-Schwarzenegger days.