17/10/2019: “All Good” by Illa J

This song is from an album which uses instrumentals which were produced by Illa J’s older brother. The album is 2008’s Yancey Boys, and Illa J’s older brother is J Dilla.

That’s probably why the main thing which jumps out on this song is the fantastic beat, even though Illa J is a gifted rapper in his own right. I actually saw him live once and was impressed.

The song feels profound, laying down a reflective vibe and some meditative lyrics.

The song samples “Look Of Love” by Ray Davies, a lovely 1967 tune. Listen to the original to get a sense of J Dilla’s genius. The trumpet becomes even more potent in its new iteration, backed up with a beautifully warm bassline and drums as crisp as a sunny autumn morning.

The song is about Illa J’s ethos and goals, which mainly surround staying positive and representing underground hip hop.

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