Previously Unreleased J. Dilla Mixtape ‘Back to the Crib’ Drops

By Staff

A previously unreleased mixtape from pioneering hip hop producer J. Dilla was released today.

Titled Back to the Crib, the tape features Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and many more.

Related: Listen to Nas Rhyme With J Dilla on ‘The Sickness’

The tape comes courtesy of BBE records, who will release a reissue of Dilla’s The Shining on August 29th in honor of that album’s 10th anniversary.

BBE Records co-founder Peter Adarkwah, spoke with XXL about the origin of the project.  “Towards the end of 1999 or early 2000, it was my first trip to Detroit, James (J Dilla) was working with James Poyser on Erykah’s Mama’s Gun LP. We’d checked out a couple of record stores (I can’t recall where or their names) and this tape was playing in the car. I recall ‘Think Twice’ was on the tape and I suggested there and then that he do a cover with Erykah for the BBE album. We didn’t get the Erykah feature, but people sure remember James’ cover.”

Check out the full tape below.


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