ILLA J (Live - Album Release Show)

ILLA J (Live - Album Release Show)

Internationally renowned Brooklyn label Bastard Jazz Recordings presents the NYC record release show for rapper/singer/songwriter Illa J. The talented younger brother of legendary hip-hop superproducer J Dilla, and a former Slum Village member, his new multifaceted self-titled solo album is a personal milestone and is generating international buzz with support from the likes of Stereogum, Stupid Dope, Vibe, Okayplayer, The Source, HypeTrak, Ego Trip and many more.

This event will feature Illa J performing live, as well as a debut live set from buzzing Canadian electronic beats duo Potatohead People (who produced Illa J’s new album). The world famous DJ Spinna will be keeping the party moving all night and into the morning hours.
The album Illa J drops October 2nd on Bastard Jazz Recordings. Pre-order at

John Derek Yancey, better known as “Illa J” and sometimes “John Regal” (born October 13, 1986 in Detroit, Michigan) is a rapper, singer, producer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist. He is a former member of the legendary group Slum Village and is the younger brother of Hip Hop icon J Dilla (James Dewitt Yancey 1974-2006), a record producer who was a great influence to the hip-hop scene working with artist such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Common, Erykah Badu and MF Doom and more.

Illa J was exposed to music at a very early age from his brother making beats in the basement of their house to his parents’ acapella group and rehearsals in their living room, his family was very musically inclined. His father was also a ghostwriter for Motown Records. Yancey joined the church choir at the age of six and recorded his first rap at the age of 13 with his big brother J Dilla at Studio A in Detroit.

Active in the music industry since 2006 in L.A and Detroit, Yancey released one solo album and two group albums and has toured worldwide, always bringing with him his creative energy and friendly spirit. In 2014, Illa J relocated to Montreal and has since entrenched himself in the Canadian music scene by collaborating with some of Canada’s finest emcees and producers including Moka Only, Potatohead People and Kaytranada. Illa has made his name very well known throughout Montreal, headlining the 36th edition of the Montreal Jazz Fest in addition to performing at POP Montreal and Montreal’s Hip Hop Week. He is scheduled to play at Montreal’s Under Pressure festival for its 20th anniversary as well. Aside from his extensive work in Montreal, Illa J played at L.A.’s renowned Low End Theory in 2015. He collaborated with Jazz legend, Robert Glasper in concert and on his Miles Davis tribute project yet to be released and is featured on three tracks (two of which are singles) from Slum Village’s latest and critically acclaimed album YES and on famed UK producer Tom Misch’s forthcoming project. Illa’s second solo and self-titled album will be released via Bastard Jazz Records on October 2nd 2015.
As an independent artist, Illa J has taught himself how to play the piano, had bass lessons and continuously takes vocal training. He has released three albums, 2008’s solo album Yancey Boys, 2013’s Evolution (as Slum Village along with rapper T3 and Producer Young RJ) and 2013’s Sunset Blvd. (as Yancey Boys along with Frank Nitt). Illa J also has two EP’s, 2007’s Illa J, 2010’s 4 Past Midnite, two mixtapes 2012’s Dirty Slums and 2013’s Dirty Slums 2 (both as Slum Village). He has released all of his work independently and toured worldwide for each project in addition to interviews for Sway in the Morning, Mass Appeal Magazine, HipHopDX, URB Magazine, XXL magazine, etc.

Potatohead People (Live Set - NYC Debut)

Potatohead People (Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical) are a synth-jazz hip-hop duo from Vancouver, BC. They first met in a community baseball league in early high school and joined forces through their love for J Dilla and Madlib. In 2008 they began working together in the hip-hop collective Elekwent Folk; soon after the two producers formed Potatohead People, and began to focus on creating forward thinking instrumental music. Creating internet buzz through net-label Jellyfish Recordings, the pair was picked up by New York label Bastard Jazz and released their 'Kosmichemusik EP' in February 2013 on digital along side a 7" single. They have produced music for such artists as Moka Only, Claire Mortifee & Frank Nitt. They are currently working on a remix EP due out for July 2013.

DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. A steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) with no restraints.
Regarded as one of the most versatile and talented producers/remixers/DJs in today's musical arena. he has produced numerous tracks and remixes for notable artists such as Michael Jackson, De La Soul, Mary J. Blige, Mos Def, Eminem, George Michael & Stevie Wonder.
Also performing/working along side Spike Lee, Q-Tip, Stevie Wonder and many other world talents.

Bastard Jazz

Sonically varied and tastefully-curated, the Brooklyn based independent label Bastard Jazz Recordings is an artist and producer-centric imprint that draws from the tidepools of Dub, Latin, Hip-Hop, Afro, Downtempo, Disco and House music, all the while maintaining a vibe that is unabashedly unique. Birthed in 2001, the label has steadily built a global following of passionate devotees through a consistent marathon of vinyl releases, boundary-bending compilations and hit albums that have become collector’s items among music tastemakers from all corners of the dancefloor. With a borderless roster of artists from New York to New Zealand, coupled with an ever-lasting commitment to pressing wax, Bastard Jazz has come to be known as “your favorite DJ’s favorite label”, boasting such talent as Lord Echo, Illa J, Captain Planet, Potatohead People, Colm K, The Elder Statesman, Brit Lauren, Kid Loco and many more. Dynamic projects such as the label’s ‘Tempo Dreams’ series have proven to be a stepping stone for emerging talent thanks to partner curators such as Tall Black Guy, Teeko & B.Bravo and Soul Clap.

Founded by A&R and label head Aaron Schultz and Art Director Jay Marley, the label management has expanded to include marketing maven and partner Erik Schneider, as well as a growing team of creative visionaries that continue to push the boundaries of music, art and expression. A mutual love of golden-era electronic and cross-generational threads of funk has ensured that the sounds embedded in the label’s catalog have always pushed the needle of culture forward. With a foothold in every continent, but roots firmly planted in NYC, Bastard Jazz Recordings is defining a new model for record labels and creators alike, with an hear towards our collective post-digital future.

$10.00 - $15.00

Tickets Available at the Door

***pre-sale ticket gets you 25% OFF discount on any purchase from Bastard Jazz web shop, including the new ILLA J album*** (your discount code will be emailed with ticket confirmation)

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