Scheduled for online release today (November 27) "Dillagence" promises to unveil both classic Dilla beats as well as previously unheard gems alongside Busta Rhymes vocal stylings.
"Busta and I had worked together on his "King of the Remixes" CD and I felt like this would be a next logical step for us, plus I always wanted to do something Dilla related, and with him and Busta being so close, this was perfect," Mick Boogie added.
Detroit producer J.Dilla, whose real name was James Yancey, was a founding member of Slum Village, who, along with Busta, produced numerous hits for artists including Erykah Badu, The Pharcyde, D'Angelo, De La Soul and Common. He tragically passed away in 2006 from complications from Lupus.
The "Dillagence" project received a true seal of approval from Dilla's mother, Ms. Yancey, who appears on the mixtape's introduction. Much of the previously unreleased material however, came from Busta's personal collection.
"He left so much incredible music behind with me personally," Busta revealed. "It's almost like he knew I was a vessel for him, and would able to continue to champion his movement. What Dilla did was something that could not be duplicated. He was a one of one. There is no other way to sum it up."
"The stuff Busta had in the vault was incredible," Mick Boogie added. "Some of it is real raw, almost unmastered, demo-stuff… but just crazy."
The project, titled "Dillagence," like the previously recorded DJ Spinna/Phonte song, will precede Busta's soon to be released 8th studio album Back On My Bullsh*t. Rhymes said that Dilla will definitely make his mark on his new album, due out in early 2008, as well.