As Dilla month comes to an end, we are pleasantly surprised to learn of a new posthumous J Dilla project.
Nas appeared on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show to give details on a new album that belongs to the late great J Dilla, aka James Yancey. The Diary, scheduled to be released April 15 on Mass Appeal is not your average Dilla album. Instead of just instrumentals, we have the legendary producer/MC spitting on other people’s beats. Yes you heard that correctly. Vintage Jay Dee vocals from 2002 over production from Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, House Shoes and many others.
“It was probably pretty heartbreaking for him to see this record shelved and it was completely out of his control,” says the creative director for the Dilla estate, Eothen “Egon” Alapatt in an interview with Rolling Stone. “He was dropped. When majors drop artists, they largely do so unceremoniously and there’s usually a lot of blood on the floor. But with Dilla it became really obvious that it had to been at least a bit of a trauma to him, because his reaction to it was, of course, the Ruff Draft record, Jaylib and ultimately a move to California, where he attempted to recalibrate his career. And actually, many would argue he did with the release of Donuts.”
This album has been on and off for many years due to it being shelved by MCA, but we finally have a release date and the first couple of tracks have surfaced. If you’re a fan of Dilla you should definitely be looking forward to this. The man wasn’t only a legendary producer, he could also lay down a verse with the best of them.
The Diary Tracklist:
01. The Introduction
02. The Anthem feat. Frank & Dank
03. Fight Club feat. Nottz & Boogie
04. The Shining Pt. 1 (Diamonds) feat. Kenny Wray
05. The Shining Pt. 2 (Ice)
07. Gangsta Boogie feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane
08. Drive Me Wild
09. Give Them What They Want
10. The Creep (The O)
11. The Ex feat. Bilal
12. So Far
13. Fuck The Police
14. The Diary