Degree One presents... 

YANCEY BOYS [Detroit - Delicious Vinyl]
w/ Illa J + Frank Nitt

The Delicious Vinyl LIVE Sunset Blvd. Tour 

plus Longshanks and Cold Residents.

Friday, May 9th 2014

Lucky Bar, Victoria - 517 Yates St.

19+ w/ 2pcs. ID, Doors at 10pm


Advance tickets $16. On Sale NOW at 
Wolfsheep, Lyle's Place, Ditch Records and Complex or online at 

Proudly Supported by Wolfsheep.


When Jay Dee passed away from complications relating to lupus in February 2006, he left behind an extraordinary legacy of production work, including hits for Common, Janet Jackson, and Busta Rhymes. One mother lode of previously untouched beats dates from his time working on the Pharcyde’s sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl, 1995). As Delicious Vinyl owner and founder Michael “Mike Floss” Ross explains: “From ’95 through ’98 Jay Dee was my go-to guy for hot beats and remixes. He was always making beats, always. So there was a select amount of tracks that he composed for me during that time, tracks as good as anything he’d done, only they never got used. When I finally met Illa J last year, I gave him a CD containing those unreleased beats.”

In a case of pure serendipity, 21 year-old Illa J had just relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles and constructed a studio built using Jay Dee’s recording equipment. He dubbed it Yancey Boys Studios in tribute to their fraternal bond. “Dilla was 12 years older than me,” Illa J says. “So back in the day in Detroit I was just a little kid, sitting on the stairs in our house, watching him make those first beats for Slum Village. I always felt my brother’s tracks and had an instinct for what I wanted to do over them.” When Illa J set to work in early ’08 recording his debut solo LP, the project flowed quickly as he entered the proverbial can’t miss zone. The name of the studio rightly became the title of the finished album, Yancey Boys.

Frank Nitt, well known as half of mad sturdy Detroit duo Frank’n'Dank, has recently been hanging out in L.A. with John “Illa J” Yancey, younger brother of legendary producer James “Jay Dee aka J Dilla” Yancey. As Delicious Vinyl readied the release of Illa J’s Dilla-produced debut LP Yancey Boys in 2009, Frank started playing Delicious Vinyl boss Michael “Mike Floss” Ross a smattering of new tracks.

Floss isn’t the only one to fall in love with “Love.” When producer Terrace Martin played the unfinished song to West Coast legend DJ Quik, Quik quickly volunteered his mixing and mastering skills as well as contributing a verse to the finished version. Because sometimes you can only beat the heat with more heat. Though it helps to have a swimming pool too.


Yancey Boys ft. Common & Dezi Paige – Quicksand (Produced by J Dilla)

Yancey Boys - The Throwaway ft. Frank Nitt (Produced by J Dilla)

Yancey Boys - The Fisherman ft. Vice, Detroit Serious & J Rocc (Produced by J Dilla)

Illa J - Sounds Like Love ft. Debi Nova (Produced by J Dilla)