Who better to get the vinyl talk going on Popwire than Matteblacc DJ Dre Reyes, avid collector/spinner/retailer at Choice Cuts Goods? 75134_456727052410_4581954_n

Feb is Dilla Month and in honour of the legendary Detroit producer and rapper J Dilla, we’re opening with a feature of his first record produced with Madlib.

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Artist: Jaylib – J Dilla and Madlib

Title: Champion Sound

Year Of Release: 2003

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Hey Dre! Which your favourite tracks off Champion Sound and why?
Stand outs are The Official, McNasty and Champion Sound

What do you think about the making of (recording separately in LA and Detroit) this record and its result?
Putting these 2 together was like a molten lava explosion waiting to happen.. They definitely knew they had to link up after going back and forth. So when they eventually did and this album dropped.. It was just massive.

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Art by DamonFresh.

Dilla lOVEd doughnuts. His uncle opened a tribute doughnut shop in 2016 after he passed from complications due to Lupus in 2006. It was 3 days after his 32nd birthday and the release of his final album, Donuts.

Any fun facts you’d like to throw in? For starters, the two tracks Ice and Raw Addict from the first pressings in USA aren’t included in this.

Wow I didn’t even know that.. I know Dilla did move out to LA to put more hands on production work with Madlib on this. What I do wish to see is a making of some sort of documentary of his classic albums from the ground up. Now that would be gold..

Anything else that makes this record special to you?
It is one of the go-to records I put on to reminisce my time back in SF. Big sound on the underground Hip Hop scene back there at that time.. ✌🏼

You can snag the physical copy of Champion Sound ($34) and Champion Sound Remix ($40) at Choice Cuts Goods. Meanwhile, hang tight for more vinyl selects to come!