#1 – Wordplay Meets…. Eothen ‘Egon’ Alapatt (Stones Throw / Now Again Records)

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Wordplay Magazine is 15!
To celebrate, and summon the beginning of a year long selection of amazing, as ever high quality content, including interviews, mixes, competitions, AND Issue 16s’ imminent release.

To kick things off, we are very proud to introduce our new series Wordplay Meets. A series of in depth interviews with Vice, digging deep into artists motivation, inspiration and creative process.

What better way to start than an emotive interview with Eothen ‘Egon’ Alapatt. As a key member of Stones Throw, a key part of J Dilla’s success, and the leading light in the J Dilla Foundation and the Pay Jay Records. Alongside his tireless work for Ma Dukes and the Yancey family, Eothen also runs Now Again Records, and works alongside Madlib.

The interview was recorded during the massively long awaiting release / listening party for J Dilla’s The Diary (check out Vice’s review of the event here). An album that Eothen fought to see released for over a decade, Vice captures a moment of celebration, tinged with sadness.


J Dilla – Life (instrumental)
J Dilla – The Ex f. Bilal
J Dilla – Make ‘em NV (Instrumental)
J Dilla – Flowers (instrumental)
J Dilla – Trucks
J Dilla – Lightworks
J Dilla – The $ (instrumental)
Madlib – Fallin (Instrumental)
J Dilla – The Sickness f. Nas (Produced by Madlib)
P.R. Q.  – Tell Me
Jaylib – The Red (instrumental)

Words by James “Vice beats” Kennaby
Graphics by Nev

AND here it is….