Madlib Says He Doesn’t Want His Music Exploited Like J Dilla’s

(AllHipHop News) Despite passing away in 2006, J Dilla’s production can still be heard on new songs released well after his death like on Joey Bada$$’ “Two Lips” and the Yancey Boys’ Sunset Blvd album. The possibility of posthumously producing tracks for future work is not an idea that fellow producer Madlib wants to see happen with his unreleased material.

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In an interview with, the creator of tracks for Tha Alkaholiks, De La Soul, and Mos Def says he wants all of his work destroyed. Madlib states he doesn’t want to see his music get exploited like his Champion Sound collaborator J Dilla.

“I’m gonna burn it down before I die, a little Lee Perry action. Ain’t nobody exploiting my s**t,” said Madlib. “If I was dying in hospital I’d tell my son to go and burn it. Don’t think I’m going to get exploited like they’re doing to Dilla. I’m learning from how he’s being treated from some people.”

Madlib, who sometimes performs under the moniker Quasimoto, also reflects back on the time he worked with Dilla making Champion Sound.

“That was the favorite time of my life. We were just musical cousins,” expressed Madlib. “When Dilla was healthy it was crazy. When he moved to LA we hung out every week, went to clubs, acted crazy, got drunk. I think about him all the time. I always bump his music.”

[ALSO READ: Madlib Discusses Sun Ra, Tha Alkaholiks, & J Dilla In Rare Interview (VIDEO)]

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  • 84stickupkid

    They have done the same to 2 Pac and B.I.G music…FOUL !!!

    • KingsCountyCrooklyn

      its different because they are rappers and not producers, but they fam still eating from those checks too.

  • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    who wants this cornballs tracks?

    • Knickfan4life

      Madlib’s is better than every producer on radio right now you trippin he makes real hip hop.

    • johnblacksad

      cornball huh?! funny… it reminds me of you

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I was real before the disquise account. You only commenting likes. I been doing this all my life. QUEENS!!!!!!

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  • Stay Phokus

    If I was dying in hospital I’d tell my son to go and burn it

    or just say he did and sell the beats after you die

    • Terrance

      I say, let your OFFSPRING eat off it…

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  • Terrance

    Long live Dilla… He inspired our WHOLE Crew.

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  • eddieknucks

    I feel him but Dilla situation may be a little different. His mom was catching for a minute so why not let your fam eat. You’re dead. What difference does it make to you?

  • William Witherz

    From what I understand Dilla’s moms and them are eating off the selling of his beats. Personally I would like my music to live on forever – as long as I get credit and my family is properly compensated each time my music is used.

  • johnblacksad

    It’s the official!
    That Champion Sound tho… good memories… dope azz album!

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  • Severe Thebeneficent

    smh…for all the talents madlib has, for all the dope music he puts out, or the fact he RARELY does interviews, the 1 time he does, the so called “hip hop” media snatches what can easily be misconstrued or spun into a headline…into a headline!
    And yall didnt even put up the rest of the interview! its like damn! why even put it up then? I seen this on another website with the exact same headline! wtf is wrong with yall media leeches man? Its like you HAVE TO sensationalized EVERYTHING!
    Thats soooo pathetic man! ok he doesnt want his music exploited like theyre doing dilla….and? He said that before big deal! its not a headline yall! The update on madvillany 2 is the headline! What yall afraid nobody was gonna read his interview without the insinuation of “beef” of some sort? you media cats man I swear smh…

    btw: you do know yancey boys is dillas younger brother and 1st cousin…right?
    cant be “exploitation” if your own FAMILY MEMBERS are putting out the music and ma Dukes is working DIRECTLY with delicious vinyl…

    • Yohance

      First off, a site cannot reprint an entire interview. That’s called plagiarism. You can gladly click the link that’s provided to read the whole story. Second it’s not sensationalizing if we post a QUOTE an artist says. It’s not edited or taken out of context. He said it. That’s news. Yes, it’s focusing on a somewhat controversial statement that’s what makes it a story thus why you and many others clicked on the article. It’s the same thing we do whenever any artist makes a PUBLIC statement that is relevant to Hip Hop.
      BTW, we have a lot of articles on the site about Madlib, J Dilla, and the Yancy Boys’ music and art (including original content). Question. How many of those articles did you click and comment on?

  • hmmmmm. he is starting a fire with that quote

  • Weedras

    i guess he doesn’t want to have a legacy… and i see no exploitation of Dilla when it is his family that are in control of his work and are benefitting from it… Dilla will still be a name that is known further on from now… why? because we have younger artistes using his beats thus exposing a younger audience to his works thus transcending generations… burn your shit and you don’t leave a legacy and your loved ones benefit zero…

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  • Gomay Sheet

    For anyone that wants to know about Ma Dukes talk to Dj Houseshoes or iLLa J they rep the Dilla functions if you didn’t go through them you’ll have probs. I dont know if you all know but Dilla was getting injections that cost 600 a pop almost once a week. he had a huge amount of medical debt..and Ma Dukes swore to completely pay that off. That’s where a good piece of that money is going. Before you flap about who’s eating off of what know what you speak of. In regards to Mad.. i understand what he’s saying some people even remotely ref. a Dilla track and they can sell. Some of that stuff wasn’t released for a reason and people aren’t really respecting that posssiblilty

  • jacksjus

    I dig most of the songs I’ve heard using his beats since he’s passed away. GFK, Raekwon, The Roots, Busta, and Illa J.

  • YaheardSyndicate

    The Last Thing Michelangelo did before he died, was burn all of his drawings and remaining life works.

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