Beats of All-Nations Radio 025: Danny Holloway & Inka One

On this monumental 25th episode we welcome a real legend, Danny Holloway. He blesses the decks with his trade mark 45 slingin’ we talk about his time in the industry, his work as a music journalist at the NME newspaper, which led to him accompaning the Rolling Stones to Jamaica. He then joined Island Records’ London, being mentored by label owner Chris Blackwell. We discuss his contributions to 3 Bob Marley albums, plus work with Jimmy Cliff, The Meters, The Maytals, The Heptones and others. Holloway currently co-owns the popular reissue 45s label, Ximeno Records which is working to soon launch an exclusive record club!
Inka One is another LA heavy hitter, representing Boombox LA. He blesses us with a uniquely fresh Dilla Tribute as his crew prepares their annual Doin’ It for Dilla party this Saturday Night at Grandstar Jazz Club. Mike Styles opens the show with an all Brazilian vinyl set in light of the upcoming Carnaval season and Gabe Real wraps the show with all Reggae 45s.


De La Soul & J Dilla: Smell the DA.I.S.Y (Da Inner Soul of Yancey)

I ask this question up front, how is De La Soul not the greatest Hip Hop group of all time?

Continuously creating from the jump with consistency, De La joins the ranks of the very few who have perfected a 25 years to life long career in hip hop, and we’re still listening. Given their deep and rich catalogue its hard to believe the group was without a label when Tommy Boy flopped. That only ignited their independent crusade releasing one of their most notable albums to date, The Grind Date (2004).

These Native Tongues remain amongst hip-hop’s top ranking, yet humbled and steady paying homage to the culture, as well as their respected colleagues. In case you missed it, peep how they paid tribute to the Spirit of the Wu less then a year ago.

On Valentine’s Day (2014), the trio waved their middle finger in the face of the industry once again and gave fans free downloads of their entire discography with remixes and instrumentals in celebration of 25 years of De La Soul. In addition they added a folder of photos from the archives (some shown above). And now they have delivered another free download this week, De La Soul & J Dilla – Smell the Da.I.S.Y (Da Inner Soul of Yancey). Pos, Dave and Maseo pay tribute revisiting classics with a new perspective and rocking strictly over mostly unreleased J Dilla beats. With these good tidings the group brings news of an upcoming ep produced by DJ Premier and Pete Rock as well as a future full length titled “You’re Welcome,” and for that we say Thank You De La Soul.

Mike Styles

#BeatsOfAllDILLA: 28 Days of James “Jay Dee” Yancey


DAY 28: The J Dilla x Brasil Connection

The DILLA x BRASIL Connection

Today is the last day of our month long series #BeatsofAllDilla.  We are about to go full circle…As we transition out of J Dilla Month and into our next venture, Brazilian Carnaval, which begins today and ends with our 4th Annual Brazilian Carnaval in Pomona at Re:Fresh, we leave you with “Obrigado Dilla,” which translates from Brazilian Portuguese to “Thank You Dilla.”

“Obrigado Dilla” was produced and documented by our friends at Mochilla following the Brasilintime premiere show at SESC Pompeii in São Paulo, 2006.  It features Brazil’s championed DJs Nuts and Primo (RIP) on the cuts and punching buttons on the SP-303 while drummer Pupillo keeps the time on the beat.  Together the three did a tribute featuring Dilla’s Brazilian influenced production for the Pharcyde, “Runnin.”  Again shout out to B+ and Coleman of Mochilla who captured some of the most iconic photos of Dilla in existence, including several we used throughout the month.

Here’s a fun note, we had an opportunity to host B+, Eric Coleman and DJ Nuts on several occasions at an event in Downtown Upland, CA called The Lapa Lounge.  On one of those nights in 2007, the Mochilla crew blessed us with the first public viewing of “Obrigado Dilla” with our small and intimate crowd.

Here is the original sample, Stan Getz “Saudade Vem Correndo” which translates to the theme and title of the Pharcyde track. Coincidence?

Bonus Nuggets:

Jay Dee Samples Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell:

and here’s an unreleased track where he samples Sergio Mendes drums and another record covering the Bossa Nova standard “Agua de Beber.”

The Dilla x Brazil connection goes even deeper, when asked about the short, prolific “Rico Suave Bossa Nova” track on Welcome 2 Detroit, he said  “I fell in love with Brazilian music the day I listened to a Sergio Mendes album.  We used to have jam sessions in the studio after work was done, one day my mans Karriem Riggins came through.  I asked him for ‘bossa nova.’  He gave me exactly what I needed.”

We bet Dilla would’ve bugged out if he heard his bossa nova groove covered by the legendary Azymuth!

and that’s what we call going full circle on the J Dilla x Brasil connection.

-Mike Styles

Be Sure to follow us for updates in on our #28daysofDILLA and #beatsofallDILLA series!



-Beats of All-Nations

This is a month long tribute, be sure to check past videos we’ve posted below!

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Ta’Raach and MC Supernatural Doin’ it for Dilla at Re:Fresh, Pomona

On Feb. 22, 2014 Re:Fresh, Pomona‘s Artwalk Afterparty hosted a J Dilla Tribute event. Special guest, Ta’Raach was in the middle of his DJ set when freestyle legend, MC Supernatural stepped in to rock for Dilla. Impromptu of course, the two conversed through beats and rhymes. The rest is history.

Re:Fresh is a free party that takes place in downtown Pomona at dba256 every 2nd and 4th Saturday. For news and events keep up with us!


Recommended Reading: Beats of All-Dilla, 28 Days of James “Jay Dee” Yancey

Photos and Video by Mike Styles, additional photo by Rick 2 Fresh (Beat Cinema).

-Mike Styles

Re:Fresh (J DILLA EDIT) featuring Ta’Raach :: Feb. 22, 2014


featuring former Jay Dee collaborator

TA’RAACH [Jay Love Japan]

We’ll be playing J Dilla Related Material all night.  Music by James ‘Jay Dee’ Yancey, those he was influenced by and those he influenced!



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