John Yancey

by Illa J

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about

“John Yancey” is the second album Illa J will release on Jakarta Records, following the suc- cessful release of HOME last year. The project is the second collaboration with Los Angeles based producer Calvin Valentine, who once again contributed all of the production for the long player. While “Home” was largely inspired by Illa’s native city of Detroit, “John Yancey” now focuses on his time in California.
“(This album is) Definitely more personal than all of my projects, nothing specific, but I basical- ly talk about about the ups and downs of all my relationships over the past 10 years, still grieving about my bro, etc. This one is trippy because the first single comes out a day before my 32nd birthday and the original title was 32 because this is a special year to me because my brother died at that age so it had a lot of meaning. But it makes sense that it ended up being called John Yancey because for so long in my career I felt like I was tryna be me and my brother, and I'm fi- nally at peace, like I'm not J Dilla's younger brother Illa J, I'm James younger brother John.”
While the story of the album might have changed, there are certain continuities as well, built around the strong foundation of the combination of Illa’s voice and Calvin Valentine’s soulful sample based production. The previous album already saw Illa J incorporate more singing into his raps and he goes down this path even further: “I wanted to emphasize the singing but use more of my natural singing voice, as well as rap more than on HOME.” In regards to the music, Calvin wanted to make the project sound “a bit more polished where HOME was purposely rough around the edges.” Still, the production remains soulful and rich with layers to leave things interesting for the listener, the more spins you give the record.
The cover was created by Robert Winter, a Cologne based photographer who was also behind the visual appearance of HOME.

credits

released November 30, 2018

Lyrics by Illa J
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Calvin Valentine Scratches by Celly
Mastered by Mark Pfurtscheller
Artwork by Robert Winter



01........................................................................................Shine On Written by Illa J (additional writing on chorus by Calvin Valentine)
Produced by Calvine Valentine
All vocals by Illa J
02..................................................................................... James Said Written by Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
All vocals by Illa J
Contains vocals from J Dilla
03..............................................................................Weather Report Written by Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
(Additional harmonies written on Chorus by Calvin Valentine)
All vocals by Illa J
04...............................................................................Enjoy The Ride Written By Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
(Additional writing on bridge by Calvin Valentine)
All vocals by Illa J
Backup vocals by Danielle Henderson on bridge
05..............................................................................................DTW Written By Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
All vocals by Illa J
06........................................................................................Find One Written by Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
(Additional writing on Chorus by Calvin Valentine)
All Vocals by Illa J
07...................................................................................On The Side Written by Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
All Vocals by Illa J
08......................................................................................Rose Gold Written By Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
All vocals by Illa J
09.............................................................................................12AM Written By Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
All Vocals By Illa J
10.............................................................................................Tokyo Written by Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
(Additional writing on bridge by Calvin Valentine)
All Vocals by Illa J
11...........................................................................................Sunday Written by Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
(Additional writing on bridge outro by Calvin Valentine)
All Vocals by Illa J
Backup Vocals by Danielle Henderson
12..................................................................................................32 Written by Illa J
Produced by Calvine Valentine
All Vocals by Illa J
Contains vocals from J Dilla

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Jakarta Records Berlin, Germany

Jakarta Records is a record label from Berlin/Cologne, Germany. We release music with a passion since 2005.

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