In celebration of J Dilla‘s recent birthday this past Saturday, Will Sessions released two covers of tracks from the J Dilla Beat Tapes. For those unfamiliar with Will Sessions, they’re an eight-piece band out of Detroit, Michigan that was behind Elzhi‘s fantastic ELmatic project. As a band they basically recreated and reinterpreted all the beats from Nas’ Illmatic without a DJ.
With the two covers on HBDJD I recognized the first beat right away as I have heard the infamous J Dilla beat tapes over the years. It’s beat 14 off Another Batch, Vol. 1. As for the second beat they reinterpret, I’m going have to do more digging as I’m drawing a blank currently. But both are really good covers by Will Sessions. It’s been nearly 10 years since Jay Dee passed, it’s really great to see the reverence people still have for him and his music.
You can stream and download Will Sessions HBDJD below: