London’s hip-hop connoisseurs The Doctor’s Orders are bringing Illa J to the capital on Friday July 1st. Having invited the likes of Just Blaze, Masta Ace, Phife Dawg, The Nextmen, Dead Prez and Pharoahe Monch to various venues all over the city since March, it’s been a whirlwind few months alone. Birthdays in Dalston will be hosting the next Doctor’s Orders party, with Illa J set to fly in from Detroit to perform. Younger brother of the hip-hop producing icon J Dilla, Illa J is one of Detroit’s fondest figures in the world of hip-hop production.
Subject to his brother’s music from a very early age, Illa J witnessed rehearsals and beat making within his childhood home from an early age with further inspiration coming from his father who was a ghost writer for none other than Motown Records.
After recording his first rap with his big brother at age 13, John Yancey became active in the music industry around 2006, releasing a solo album and group albums with Slum Village, of whom he is a former member. Entrenching himself in the Canadian music scene after moving there 2 years ago, Illa has been working with the likes of Kaytranada, Moka Only and Potatohead People amongst many other of the countries talented hip-hop artists, refining his sound and learning to play instruments like the piano and bass guitar.
Having built an extensive back catalogue over the years he has been operating, Illa J’s music has spread internationally, with lots of attention now coming from the UK. It’s not often he comes over, so this performance for The Doctor’s Orders at Birthdays in Dalston will be one you should be sure not to miss.
Words by Josh Plews
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