Akomplice has melded the posthumous talents of J Dilla (partnering with the J Dilla Foundation) with those of the burgeoning Brooklyn emcee Joey Bada$$, in a collaborative capsule that will enable young people across the country to have access to music. Included within the collection is a t-shirt and crew neck with angelic cloud-graphics of J Dilla’s face printed across them, truly paying homage to the hallowed producer. Also included is a 45 record, exclusive to the capsule, which contains an unreleased Dilla beat dubbed “Two Lips” on Side, A and an unreleased Joey Bada$$ track over the aforementioned beat on Side B. Those fortunate enough to obtain “The Set” will also be blessed with a newspaper containing a candid interview with Dilla’s mom, “Miss Yancey”, Joey Bada$$, and Akomplice co-owner Patrick Liberty. Through this collaboration, Akomplice is proud to play a role in bridging two generations of hip-hop that will resonate with today’s youth and empower them through music. As Joey describes it, “This project has been a dream come true, working with the soul of my favorite producer of all time is an honor.”
While the product and unreleased tunes are cause for excitement, philanthropy is at the core of this collab. As many may know, the J Dilla Foundation’s noble credo is to expose impoverished youth to music through funding inner-city music programs. As youth music programs are continually slashed nationwide, Akomplice, the J Dilla Foundation, and Joey Bada$$ will donate 100% of the collection profits to buying instruments and music lessons for underprivileged kids. Miss Yancey will be distributing the spoils of this collection in the form of instruments to children in Detroit, while Joey will do the same in Brooklyn. More than just receiving the gift of music, consumers will be providing the gift of music to those that would otherwise go without.
The limited capsule collection will be available in 29 countries at select Akomplice retailers starting November 29th. The complete collection will also be available online in the Akomplice webstore(http://www.akomplice-
Model: Joey Bada$$
Photographer: Blake Peterson