J DillaŠ—Ès brother, Illa J, takes us on a trip to his hometown Detroit with his third solo album Home.
Following his self titled LP, Illa J sometimes known as Š—“John RegalŠ—? (born October 13,1986 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He takes us on a trip to his hometown Detroit with his third solo album Home. His last LP successfully took Illa J out of his brother and hip-hop legend J DillaŠ—…s shadow to show he is in his own lane. Yet, Yancey still felt as though he was in a box labeled rapper. Teaming up with producer Calvin Valentine, who entirely produced the album, Home is Illa JŠ—…s firstξalbum to properly showcase the full extent of his vocal range to put him in the singer-songwriter conversation. The listener can feel the soulfulness of this LP through Illa JŠ—…s singing and ValentinesŠ—… smooth production.
On Š—“Sam CookŠ—“ which is an ode to Illa JŠ—…s father who ghostwrote for Motown, Yancey dives into his falsetto that is reminiscent of DŠ—…Angelo, Bilal and Al Green. While keeping his focus on singing. Illa J sprinkles the album with rap verses. On Š—“7 MileŠ—“ his vocals smoothly oat over the more raw/alternative cut laid by Valentine. The album title track Š—“HomeŠ—“ completes his album and solidi es Illa JŠ—…s artistry as a well rounded singer who can rap.
Illa J is a solo artists, former member of legendary group Slum Village. Active in the music industry since 2006 in L.A and Detroit, Illa J has released two solo albums; 2008Š—Ès Yancey Boys via Delicious Vinyl and 2015Š—Ès self titled LP Illa J via Bastard Jazz Records. In 2014, while refocusing on his solo career and stepping out of Slum Village, Illa J relocated to Montreal for a fresh new start. He has since entrenched himself in the Canadian music scene by collaborating with some of CanadaŠ—Ès nest emcees and producers including Moka Only, Potatohead People and Kaytranada.
His recent collaborations have been with jazz legend, Robert Glasper in concert and on record for his Miles Davis tribute project EverythingŠ—Ès Beautiful. Illa J also had the privilege to collaborate with hip-hop legend Phife Dawg from ATCQ on his double LP nutshell. Other features include Slum VillageŠ—Ès critically acclaimed album Yes & famed UK producer Tom Misch Beat Tape 2.ξ
1) Turn It Up (feat. Dank)
2) Sam Cook
3) I Know
5) 7 Mile
6) Snow Beach
7) Silencers (feat. Moka Only)
8) Detroit Bad Boys