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Illa J Yancey Boys

For heads still mourning the loss of J Dilla, the release of a rap album by his younger brother John Yancey (featuring all-Dilla production) is the next best thing to a resurrection. As always, Dilla’s soulful claps elevate the beats way beyond average. Illa J’s rhymes are a mix of backpacker lyricism and bottle-popping playerisms, and while he’s perhaps not the most distinctive MC out there, he sounds quite natural flowing over his sib’s tracks. “It’s time for vacation/Your style’s outdated/’Bout to send these hatin’ hyenas on hiatus,” he spits on “R U Listenin’” (with Guilty Simpson). Yancey Boys isn’t overly inundated with features, making it a true family affair as well as a delight for head-nodders.

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