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Bill Yen here this one is for all the purple people eaters out there…RIP Prince,TNT,J Dilla, Tupac , Biggie Smalls, Big Proof, Blade Icewood,Wipeout gone but not forgotten…
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“BIG THANGS” featuring ESHAM (Official Video)
Directed & Produced by Nic Notion
Dancer: Bboy Stringz – Hardcore Detroit Breakin’ Crew

J Dilla “Rebirth of Detroit” – RELEASE DATE: 6-12-12.

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Esham Spits the Truth about detroit Rap on Big Thangs Video

Instead they hide in their Mansions and pretend Detroit doesn’t exist….. and Detroit is one of the Greatest reasons for their success.. kick us while we are down but when we get up..RUN!!! alot of ya favorite rappers gotta go!!!!! ….Esham
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I am Detroit!!!!! the Good the Bad and the Ugly, as far as burning bridges is concerned I never gave a F*ck cause I fly high over them.. Detroit Stand Up!!! even if the world wants to knock you down….I did this for Dilla and I did the video out of my own pocket!! 4 Mama Dilla if more Detroit artist where like her, dedicated to Detroit the forgotten city… Motown would be a great musical mecca again..
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J Dilla’s Mom, Mrs Yancey and Proof’s Dad, Mr Jackson in a rehearsal session

Moving stuff
Proofs dad and J Dillas Mom
2 Legends from detroit with their lives cut short.
Rebirth of Detroit

J Dilla “Rebirth of Detroit” – COMING SOON 6-12-12. – Features esham on title tractJ Dilla “Rebirth of Detroit” – COMING SOON 6-12-12.

J Dilla “Rebirth of Detroit” – COMING SOON 6-12-12.
The new JDilla Album drops 6/12/12

ESHAM X J Dilla – Big Thangs Rebirth of Detroit SNIPPET

Esham Feat J Dilla – Big Thangs Snippet for the video off rebirth of Detroit .
The compilation, titled The Rebirth of Detroit, will featured new music from the late producer, as well as other local producers who were influenced by Dilla’s music. According to Ms. Yancey, one of the goals for the project is to unite many of the musicians and producers working in the Detroit hip-hop community.

DJ Butter Inverview About Rebirth of Detroit , J Dilla and Esham on the same track

Mic Levels Up: DJ Butter

Detroit hip hop has birthed a number of star talents over the years, the producers plus the emcees, and since the early 1990s, DJ Butter has been on the scene to document the movement. From magazines to mixtapes, DVDs to the beats, he has been an artist that has crossed camps throughout the city, dedicated to the goal of expanding the international impact of Motor City hip hop.

While he has successfully branded himself as an influential DJ here in the city, DJ Butter’s new mission is to help Yancey Music Group launch The Rebirth Of Detroit, the upcoming album from the great J Dilla. He also continues to perform throughout the city, with an upcoming appearance at The Old Miami on January 20 to celebrate the release of The Maria EP from Valid, an emcee who was mentored in the game by Butter.

CBM: Thank you for the interview. Please tell us about the career of DJ Butter.

DJ Butter: I grew in Highland Park, Puritan area, I had a rap group back in the days when I was kid called Sudden Strength. My main rapper, Patrick Hendrix, got killed when we were young, 16 years old. After that I started making mixtapes for people in my school, cause I was kind of lost, I had to start all over again.

Mark Hicks, he was Proof’s earlier manager, we shared the same friend, he helped Shady Records develop D12 and Eminem, Paul Rosenberg is a part of that circle. I met Proof and we used to meet up at Stanley’s Rhythm Kitchen and Mahogany, I used to see the whole community at these functions.

I started doing mixtapes a lot, I had a magazine called Funky Fresh In The Flesh magazine. I did it for ten issues and got kind of tired of it, but I got a chance to learn the community a lot through the publication and just the industry alone.

I interviewed rappers like Spice 1, Boss, Compton’s Most Wanted, all at my house on the East Side, I stayed in Conant Gardens. Kid Rock used to call, I interviewed Eminem, a lot of people. Funkdoobiest, Method Man.

Right before his record in like ’96 or ’97, I interviewed Em on the phone for like 30 minutes, I was telling him how proud I was of him, he at that point was so humble. Em was like “we’ll see, I hope it do what it do, you know Butter,” he was kind of non-chalant with it and I kind of knew the magnatude of what it was going to do because it was so different.

D12, they were jumping on my previous mixtapes. Early 90′s, I had my tapes in the Hip Hop Shop, they had W.E.G.O. mixtapes and Slum Village tapes were in there, it was before anybody really understood what we were doing. I eventually started taking folks to the studio and I did my first album, it was called Kill The DJ. It was an original album, I had distribution. I did another album Shit Happens, that was the next one. One of the main joints ended up on D12′s album Devil’s Night. My third project was called Welcome To Shitsville. It’s all Detroit hip hop. We put Obie Trice on there, Almighty Dreadnaughtz.

I was one of the first to put Guilty Simpson on the earlier mixtapes, Royce, Wall Street, D-Elite, when D12 and D-Elite had their thing going on, I was going back and forth and promoting both. At that time we were trying to learn how to unify things like that, they were kind of bickering back then. I was one of the first earlier DJs to premier their music.

Then on my fourth album was Detroit Demo, I did the joint with Essman, Esspionage, then I dropped two artists, Wesley Valentine and Young Black Professionals, all on my label Crazy Noise Productions. I’ve done a lot of work with the community, and now I’m here with this J Dilla project just trying to keep the unity together. I’m having a ball because after all the deaths, I’m back refreshed again.

CBM: It seems like that after all your work you’ve put into the community, from the magazine to the mixtapes, a lot of your work has been leading up to this project.

DJ Butter: It goes hand in hand, relationships are everything. If you’ve got relationships that’ve got talent, it goes hand to hand. I can DJ and scratch, I just didn’t want to play the background, I always wanted to brand my own. I was inspired by Dez and the DJ Clues and the Ron G’s, watching them and going to New York and all my cousins bringing tapes back from New York, it made me want to brand myself earlier in life doing my own thing.

That’s why I’m able to organically help Jay Dee (J Dilla) because I was able to have my own life without any controversy, not like me taking this other man’s legacy and running with it like some other DJs do. I never put out a bootleg tape of a Dilla beat, never was fascinated by exclusively revealing his samples, whatever they do out there. That wasn’t my thing.

CBM: The best part of The Rebirth Of Detroit seems to be the opportunity to use the legacy of Dilla to help bring a lot of light to the rest of the Detroit hip hop scene.

DJ Butter: It’s amazing, like pretty much the whole city wanted to work with Dilla, you had like the gangster rappers knew of him and wanted to get in his lane, and really try to find out how to get overseas. I had a talk with Street Lord Juan and they were so fascinated by the hip hop community.

Esham the same way, and that’s what’s making this project so special, its like Esham and Dilla had history, but it was like a stop and go. Dilla was always on the run, but for Dilla friends to hear that Esham is on the album, that has a lot of people excited. That’s the goal, to kind of change the norm and kind of bring it back home more than anything.

Dilla’s priest actually came and prayed for us over the project, it’s really genuine. If anything is negative, it’s really like it’s negative for the whole city because everybody is hearing about it, it’s a lot of different crews and circles on here but there’s a lot of his people on there.

CBM: This is all just amazing energy to bring people together, unified and ready to advance the art and the business.

DJ Butter: It seems like Dilla’s spirit is zapping people into each others lives, it’s really deep. People are really calling in happy that Mrs. Yancey is getting control of her son’s work.

I can die at peace now, just to see all my friends come together. I’ve been to everybody’s funeral except Dilla’s, but just to see us come together again without a funeral, I’m peaceful now.

I share the same pain as everybody. But just watching Mrs. Yancey, it makes me go harder, the love she has for her kid. That’s what it’s all about, it’s bigger than money, it’s bigger than war, it’s just to get some type of respect for what we’re born to do. And it’s sad to see Proof’s estate the way it is, and Baatin’s, and MC Breed’s estate is up and down.

We’ve got to respect our history. When I see DJ Head or Motsi Ski or Eminem, I treat them all the same way. They all mean so much to my make up. I make sure I greet them with no ego, I make sure there’s a balance in my life. That’s why it’s important for people to come to each other, reach out to each other.

Detroit is going through something, more than just the entertainment things, it’s going through a change with everybody.

CBM: I saw one of your photos recently from the Hip Hop Shop, with Thyme, Mudd and Proof of 5 ELA standing outside of the store together. You’ve probably got stacks of archives like that.

DJ Butter: Oh man, yeah, Bugz and Eminem together, Slum Village and Proof hanging in my neighborhood, a lot of photos. My goal is to put together some kind of portrayal for everybody’s life. I really want to see a VH1 Behind the Music for Proof. I want to see Dilla that way. The stories Mrs. Yancey tells, the world needs to hear that in that light. That’s what I’m here for, it’s not a selfish mission that I’m on.

CBM: It’s not a selfish mission but it’s also a great opportunity for you too though, to let the history flow through you.

DJ Butter: I like to interview people and soak up game, that’s what I’ve been doing for so many years, and you hear where they go to hang out. That’s what my goal is to go to their spots and say ‘I’m DJ Butter, I’m from Detroit’. I walked up to Jay-Z one time in Miami and said I’m from Detroit, he stopped to talk to me. He had so many people with him but I was able to give him mixtapes, that’s like a rush to me. To really get them out their whole tough guy zone and say ‘here’.

CBM: Cause it’s the music first. I look at every Detroit hip hop artist as within the Motown legacy, and the world is coming to respect that.

DJ Butter: Yeah, Motown babies.

CBM: I’m sure you grew up with all the records in your house.

DJ Butter: Of course. My father when I was growing up used to say that Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson would all be in the neighborhood riding around, you’d go to a bar and see such-and-such. Even Mrs. Yancey was saying the other day that she would go to a spot and Al Green was working there washing dishes. Everybody would come here and come to check out Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, this was like the upstart place. That’s our city.

A lot of people don’t even visit Hitsville ourselves here, we don’t really cherish our history because we live in it. The world knows about it, we so non-chalantly go about day by day without realizing it. When I walked through Hitsville I really looked to examine what I was looking at. And that’s how I look at The Rebirth. That’s the mission.

CBM: You’ve got to look at the whole history of the city to understand where the music is coming from.

DJ Butter: That’s how we’ve got to look at all this like that. That’s the goal of this project, to really dig deep in the community and bring the people that Dilla knew, and the offsprings as well.

CBM: So what’s in store with Whutupdoe TV DVD series?

DJ Butter: I’m working on my 5th volume now, I interviewed some of the No Limit camp, DJ Dez. I’m really just interviewing more people, I want to make it like a U-Stream show one day and make it a full brand, kind of make it deeper than just me interviewing a bunch of rappers. It’s about a Detroit culture and the people that embrace Detroit.

CBM: There’s a lot of history in the city.

DJ Butter: It’s crazy, when I go and visit Proof in the cemetery, you’ve got Rosa Parks three seconds away from him. I didn’t know Proof would be that great, just to look at the magnitude of who he was, he connected with everyone from Nat Morris to 50 Cent. That’s how I feel about Detroit hip hop, it touched so many people.

Mic Levels Up: DJ Butter

Big Thangs – J Dilla Ft Esham – Rebirth of Detroit

Esham has released the single for the album rebirth of detroit on his album death of an indie label the soundtrack. available at http://acidrap.com
A full length DVD with interviews of artists, family members, recording sessions and many poignant moments in the making of this project, have been carefully documented for the consumer. It can be included with cd & or vinyl. J Dilla fans will buy vinyl, compact disc and instrumentals. We have 28 songs from the very best of Detroit”s Hip Hop scene with his production. Guilty Simpson, Esham, Danny Brown, Monica Blaire, Phat Kat, T3, etc. to name a few. This is the best recorded hip hop music of the past 5 years.

Death of an Indie Label – Soundtrack

esham death of an indie label

Now available from Acidrap.com is the long awaited soundtrack to “Death of an Indie Label”. Featuring 20 new tracks from Esham, this mixtape is the straight 100% vodka chaser to wash down the horrifying mindfuck that is Reel Life The Movie. This digital download is $9.99 and also includes a photographic slideshow featuring never before seen images of Esham, Deadboy and Natas. No, Esham is not retiring. Yes, he is back to murder everyone. Buy it now!!!!


01. Comatose
02. Denouement
03. Reignin
04. Odd Future
05. Orgy Orange
06. Priceless Blessings
07. Cheddaphile ft. Seven the General
08. Time Machine
09. Sayonara
10. U Aint Got Nuthin On Me ft. Poe Whosaine
11. Serious Business
12. House 4 Rent
13. Daniel Jordan Skit
14. Beautiful Girl
15. Let The System Bump
16. Another Flight
17. Death Of An Indie Label
18. Amy Winehouse
19. Indubitably
20. Big Thangs ft J dilla Beat

Esham J Dilla Memorial Song – Bomb Ass Podcast

From the bomb ass podcast esham giving j dilla a memorial song circa 2006

James Dewitt Yancey, better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was a legendary producer from Detroit and a part of Slum Village. He started his career in 1991. He died in early 2006 after a long disease at age 32. He even recorded his last album “Donuts” (a dope instrumental-album with nice Funk/Soul-samples) in a hospital and he finished it several days before he died from kidney failure.

Esham played this track in early 2007…one year after J Dilla’s death. Its beat is similar to AMB’s song, “Chips ‘N’ Dip fro mtheir 2006 album, “Blood In, Blood Out”.