Last week Dillon and J57 hit heads with “The Squeeze,” the lead single off their upcoming collab album “83 Kids” and this week they’re back with a fun track titled “Coladas” that brings a little sun to the Fall. J builds the beat around a funky guitar lick and echoing horn stab, which Dillon casually walks all over. If you’re looking for that strain of Hip-Hop that is not trying to keep up with trends or play too cool, but instead revels in what made the masses gravitate towards this street-bred genre in the first place, you just found it!
While most heads are likely familiar with Dillon (I mean, shit, he did a full project with Diamond D), they may not know he is the driving force behind Full Plate Records and the semi-annual Plates & Crates events in the ATL. This triple threat (emcee/DJ/producer) really doesn’t need anyone’s help to make dope music but he has regularly collaborated with a number of respected rappers and beatsmiths over the last decade, including Paten Locke (RIP), the aforementioned Diamond D, Batsauce, Boog Brown, and more.
As for J57, he has been a notable boardsman since his Brown Bag All-Star days. The NYC producer has done albums with a diverse cross-section of emcees, including Ras Kass, El Gant, Shabaam Sadeeq, Blame One, and Heem Stogied.
These two linked to cook up some marvelous shit and the end result is a full-length album titled “83 Kids.” Over the course of ten tracks they display a genuine chemistry that is complimented by features from Skyzoo, Blu, Diamond D, and J-Zone (on the drums). The lead single is titled “The Squeeze,” which is out now.