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Artists We Love Vol. 1: J Dilla

 For the inaugural Artists We Love post on the Musicseur Blog, I can think of no better way to christen this venture by paying tribute to one of the most influential and innovative producers and music artists of recent times, the late, great James Dewitt Yancey, better known to the world first as Jay Dee, and later J Dilla.  Dilla was born on February 7, 1974 to Maureen Yancey, who through her tireless and inspired efforts to maintain the legacy of her beloved son has come to be known to the world as "Ma Dukes".  Suffering from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (a rare blood disease), Dilla tragically passed on February 10, 2006, a day that hip hop music connoisseurs have...

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What Artists Do We Love?

The innovators, the risk takers, the iconoclasts.  The mavericks, the trendsetters, the stylists.  Those who have dedicated themselves fully to their craft as evidenced by their extraordinary creativity.  Those who are able to affect millions with words or song arrangements that they have written, riffs that they have played and beats that they have made.  Those who are able to transcend eras, genres and stylistic classifications to create art that makes an impact long after it was created.  The visionaries, those who were able to forecast the future sounds of music and even create brand new genres and movements through their unique, individualistic artistic expression.  Pharoah Sanders, Can, Black Flag, J Dilla, Black Sabbath, Aphex Twin, Curtis Mayfield, Rakim, Boards...

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What Music Do We Love?

Our credo for this blog is that we will always produce articles on the music and the artists that we love. After all, what kind of website dedicated to the needs of the modern day music connoisseur would not enthusiastically write about or promote the music and the artists that they love? Clearly, we have a serious passion for music, and love to share our passion and have deep, spirited discussions and exchanges of opinion on topics involving music. These discussions are the lifeblood of the music connoisseur. But of course such a credo would make one pose several questions. What is that music? Who are those artists? What are characteristics of this music, from a musical, sonic and artistic...

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What Exactly Is a Musicseur?

Are you a person who reads liner notes and credits on your favorite albums to know who produced what, who laid that funky bass line, who played that soaring keyboard lead, or that rousing guitar solo? Are you a person who reads 2000 word or more articles or even full books on subjects like 1960's Soul, Funk or Psychedelic Rock, early 80's Hardcore Punk, the 1970's "Krautrock" scene, the 1980's and 90's Detroit Techno scene, or pieces that reveal details on the creation of your favorite album on the 10th or 20th anniversary of it's release?

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