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My 2010 Dilla Day Mix

Posted in Audio, Downloads, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Tim Althaus

I don’t know if you guys were readers last year around this time, but I did this exact same thing. I am a huge fan of J Dilla; he is a huge inspiration to me. I actually made this mix on what would have been Dilla’s 36th birthday. I took a lot of time thinking about what tracks would go smoothly together, but I also thought about what tracks of his were among my favorites. The outcome? 23 tracks of straight unadulterated Jay Dee goodness.

I figured I would post this mix here because I really want everyone to be able to have it; it’s nothing big, but if one more person starts to listen to Dilla because of it, then I’ve done my job. James Yancey really was the king of the beats, and his presence is strongly missed in the music world. All of the tracks on this mix are either produced by or featuring J Dilla (with the exception of one).

(R.I.P. J Dilla February 7th, 1974 – February 10th, 2006)


1.) Words from Ma Dukes

2.) Reality Check (Feat. Black Thought) (J Dilla)

3.) House of Flying Daggers (Raekwon) (Prod. By J Dilla)

4.) Raise it Up (Slum Village)

5.) Love Movin’ (Feat. Black Thought) (J Dilla)

6.) Stakes is High (De La Soul) (Prod. By J Dilla)

7.) Find a Way (A Tribe Called Quest) (Prod. By J Dilla)

8.) Diamonds (J Dilla)

9.) Let’s Grow (Royce Da 5’9″) (Prod. By J Dilla)

10.) It’s Dope (J Dilla)

11.) It’s Goin Down (Skillz) (Prod. By J Dilla)

12.) Gazillion Ear (DOOM) (Prod. By J Dilla)

13.) Gobstopper (J Dilla)

14.) Survival Test (Jaylib)

15.) Dynamite! (The Roots) (Prod. By J Dilla)

16.) Wild (J Dilla)

17.) Whip You With a Strap (Ghostface Killah) (Prod. By J Dilla)

18.) Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World) (Common) (Prod. By J Dilla)

19.) Move (Oh No) (Prod. By J Dilla)

20.) Secrets of the Sand (Jay Dee Remix) (MOOD)

21.) Game Over (Flying Lotus Remix) (Dabrye) (Feat. Phat Kat & JayDee)

22.) History (Mos Def) (Prod. By J Dilla)

23.) Paid Homage (Finale)



Skillz & Colin Munroe Remake De La’s “Baby Phat”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 by Tim Althaus


Your favorite rappers favorite ghostwriter, and the R&B prodigy from Canada linked up to remake De La Soul’s classic track “Baby Phat“. Your boy Skillz & Colin Munroe do a great job of remaking an already great song. To be honest, I totally agree with the message that is being displayed on this track. All you ladies out there should definitely give this track a listen.You can catch this track with many other De La remakes on Mick Boogie’s newest project with Terry Urban, Le Da Soul: 20 Years of De La Soul.

Download: Skillz, “Baby Phat ’09” (Feat. Colin Munroe)

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Skillz Brings You Hip-Hop Confessions, Episode 2

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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This is the second video in the Hip-Hop Confessions series. I caught the first video a while back, and I think it’s a really great thing that Skillz is doing with the Hip-Hop community. He has fellow people from the Hip-Hop community (as well as himself) confessing to things that most people would have never guessed. On this episode he brings along Virginia natives DJ Babey Drew & the lovely DJ B*Ryte. I think on the first episode Skillz confessed that he had never purchased an Outkast record, which is a tough one for a lot of people to say. There is a lot of truth being said here, and you will probably get quite a few good laughs out of watching this one. Watch part one after the jump. Continue reading

Skillz: The Wire 5 Minute, 5 Season Rap-Up

Posted in Video with tags , , , on Thursday, January 8, 2009 by Tim Althaus

For those of you out there that are huge enthusiasts of HBO’s series The Wire this one is truly for you. If you have listened to any of Skillz’s end of the year Rap-Up’s, you know that this guy can spit about a lot of information in a short amount of time. He single handedly goes through a summary of each season of  The Wire with that razor sharp flow that Skillz is known for. I personally have been listening to this guy a lot lately and I have to admit that I wish I would have started listening to this guy earlier, he has some serious mic skills (no pun intended). To be honest there aren’t many guys that can sound as natural on the mic as Skillz.

Skillz: The 2008 Rap-Up

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 by Tim Althaus


It’s the beginning of a new year and that means that the boy Skillz has his 2008 Rap up. If any of you have ever heard the year in Rap Up by Skillz, you know that shit is usually hilarious. This guy is a monster on the mic and never disappoints when he is rhyming. Skillz also plans on making a video for the Rap Up so you know you better stay tuned for that because you know I will have that up when it’s out.

Download: 2008 Rap Up

Video: Skillz on KarmaloopTV pt.2

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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Here is the second part of the video interview on KarmaloopTV that Skillz did. In this part of the video he talks about how he deals with the online haters.

Video: Skillz on KarmaloopTV

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , on Monday, December 8, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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Skillz is an emcee that is based out of the mighty D (Detroit), and he has been known to tear apart a microphone. He has ghostwritten songs for many of the emcees that people adore in the mainstream media. This is an interesting interview that he did for KarmaLoopTV in which he talks about a variety of topics. One of them being J Dilla. He says in the interview that he was the first emcee (on a major) to buy a beat from Dilla. He also says that he passed on some of the biggest hits that Dilla ever produced. This guy can really do his thing, and I can see why Dilla liked working with him. Continue reading