Culture Cypher Radio February Chart: J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, Madlib and the gift of Black music - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

February is Black History Month, and it would be an understatement to say that Black music has been the driving force that has propelled and shaped American popular culture from the beginning. Culture Cypher Radio does not exclusively play Black artists. Each episode is made up of music made by people from all walks of life, but genres like hip-hop, jazz, and funk that feature heavily on the show are the direct result of Black folks’ creative contributions and that fact makes the show firmly rooted in the Black experience.

February is also J Dilla month. One of the greatest creative minds that rap music has ever produced, every February, music fans, DJs, and writers around the world take time to celebrate Dilla’s legacy. This month, BBE released the 20th Anniversary edition of Dilla’s solo debut, Welcome 2 Detroit, packed with cassette demos and alternate takes of cuts like “Y’all Ain’t Ready” and Dilla’s cover of Donald Byrd’s Jazz-Funk classic “Think Twice”. In addition to playing his music, we celebrate Dilla’s legacy by playing cuts from artists that build upon his musical innovations like Madlib (“The New Normal”) and Japanese beatsmith Yotaro (“Skyfield”).

There’s no way to properly quantify the impact that this rich musical legacy has had on today’s cultural landscape. Black music is a gift to the world and this month (and every month!), we celebrate its power and diversity. Listen to the show in full and check out the Culture Cypher Radio February chart below.

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1. J Dilla – “Y’all Ain’t Ready (Cassette Demo)” (BBE)

2. Yotaro – “Skyfield” (Yotaro)

3. Lushlife feat. Dalek – “Depaysement” (Fortune Tellers)

4. Verbatum Jones – “Samson” (Verbatum Jones)

5. Yasuhiro Kohno Trio + One – “Song Of Island” (BBE)

6. Lava La Rue – “G.O.Y.D.”

7. Uncle CrimSon – “PRIDE”

8. Madlib – “The New Normal”

9. Horace Silver – “Open Up Your Senses”

10. The Last Poets – “Bird’s Word”

andres – “Soul Brother Never Be Another”
J Dilla – “Think Twice (Alternate Take)”
J Dilla – “Y’all Ain’t Ready (Cassette Demo)”
J Dilla – “Lightworks”
J Dilla – “The New”
De La Soul ft. The Jungle Brothers – “Buddy”
De La Soul ft. The Jungle Brothers – “Stakes is High”
Yotaro – “Skyfield”
Yotaro – “Groove of Scientist”
Apifera – “Enek Hamaguro”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Award Tour”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Bugging Out”
A Tribe Called Quest – “We The People”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Moving Backwards”
Madlib – “The New Normal”
Yasuhiro Kohno Trio + One – “Song Of Island”
Hideo Shiraki – “Groovy Samba”
Lushlife feat. Dalek – “Depaysment”
Verbatum Jones feat. Four:8 – “Samson”
Femi Kuti – “Set Your Minds And Souls Free”
Common & Mark The 45 King – “Car Horn (Remix)”
lojii feat. head – “colour”
Statik Selektah feat. Lil Fame, Smoke DZA, Rim da Villain – “No More”
Bart Burrman feat. PREEMBILAL – “Lucky Charm Fit”
Breeze Brewin feat. Sebb Bash – “Gotta Love It”
AMANI + King Vision Ultra feat. AKAI SOLO – “Concrete Slides”
CARRTOONS feat Julia Zivic – “Taurus”
Masta Ace – “Sittin On Chrome (Jay Dee Remix)”
D’ Angelo – “Dreamin Eyes Of Mine (Jay Dee Remix)”
J Dilla – “Wild”
J Dilla – “Think Twice (Cassette Demo)”
Boogie Monsters – “Bronx Bombas”
Mr. Len feat Juggaknots – “This Morning”
4 Mars – “Baxsanow Ismaacil”
4 Mars – “Hobalayeey Nabadu! (Hello Peace!)”
Lava La Rue – “G.O.Y.D.”
Made Kuti – “Free Your Mind”
Uncle Crimson – “PRIDE”
Uncle Crimson – “GREED?”
Quelle Chris & Chris Keys – “Sudden Death”
Lil Uzi Vert feat. Pharrell Williams – “Neon Guts”
Last Poets – “Bird’s Word”
Horace Silver – “Open Up Your Senses”
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