Michigan-based producer and Ghostly International artist Tadd Mullinix began releasing under his Dabrye moniker in the late ‘90s. Spearheading the hip-hop scene with an unmistakable medley of influences, Dabrye merged hip-hop, Motown, and Detroit techno when he debuted his first release under the moniker, One/Three — the first installment in a planned trilogy.
After the album’s release, Dabrye’s distinct marriage of divergent genres captured the attention of Detroit production legend J. Dilla and the two went on to collaborate with Phat Kat on a track called “Game Over,” in 2004. Just two years later, Dabyre released the second installment in the instrumental series, Two/Three.
Despite both his immense success and ample respect from the hip-hop community, Mullinix retired his Dabrye moniker after the release of Two/Three. At last, he’s made his massive return with a 19-track LP, Three/Three —the final number in his prophetic trilogy, and the first release from the artist in more than 10 years.
Three/Three boasts an ingenious list of storied collaborations, from rap heavyweights like DOOM, Wu-Tang Clan‘s own Ghostface Killah, and Roc Marciano, to a compelling showcase of Detroit talent from the immensely gifted Shigeto, Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown, and more — Dabrye’s in top form on Three/Three. Through the album may be his final installment in the trilogy series, if its sheer energy tells us nothing else, it’s that Dabrye’s work is far from done here.
Listen to the full album here.
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