Thursday, February 16, 2006

James Dewitt Yancey, 1974—2006. It's Your World

In the current LA Weekly is an obit I wrote on the late hip-hop producer Jay Dee/J Dilla. You can get that by clicking here.

One of the most beautiful tracks Dilla worked on was the spirit-affirming "It's Your World" from Common's album Be. It seems fitting to quote some of the words spoken by Pops (Common's dad) on that song:

    Be... Be here, be there, be that, be this
    Be grateful for life, be grateful TO life
    Be gleeful everyday, for being the best swimmer among 500,000
    Be-nign, be you...

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