Listen to unreleased demos made by a teenage J Dilla

Previously unheard Dilla juvenilia debuted on Boiler Room podcast

J Dilla’s mentor Amp Fiddler has shared unreleased demos made by the producer when he was a teenager.

The tracks, which reportedly were stored on a MPC which Dilla used when he was 17-years-old, were debuted on a Boiler Room podcast.

Titled ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’, the podcast is centred around Dilla’s 2001 album of the same name.


As Pitchfork notes, the episode includes several demos and also features Detroit producer and keyboardist Amp Fiddler breaking down in detail one of Dilla’s beats. Listen to the full podcast below.

Over the past fews months, a number of previously unheard J Dilla recordings have been unearth.

In August, Boiler Room released a 17-year-old mixtape made by the late producer. It followed a posthumous album, ‘The Diary’, that features a number of unreleased instrumentals by the producer and rapper.

A posthumous solo single by A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg featuring a J Dilla beat was released in April.

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