Best producer in the world James Yancey aka Jay Dee aka long lost posthumous vocal album The Diary has finally arrived. Hip-hop heaven sent.
The iconic beatmaker may have tragically passed away ten years ago, but his legacy will defs live on forever — with the long list of posthumous projects that have dropped since 2006 being a huge testament to that. Unlike those that came before, The Diary was a legit finished project that J Dilla wanted to release back in 2002, but was unable to after his parent label shelved it. Now, after nearly 15 years of label troubles, legal battles, sample clearing and file rescuing, The Diary is finally here.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, J Dilla estate creative director and former Stones Throw general manager, Eothen Alpatt, pointed to the importance of the project, saying: “This is the last record that he actually wanted out — i.e, he said, in his own words, this record should come out during his lifetime. The last one.” The Diary is essentially a time capsule, returning us to that point in Jay Dee’s life/hip-hop history. Tears.
The Diary also highlights Dilla’s duality as a rapper and producer, with the beat wizard taking time out to showcase his mad flow. The 14-track album features a slew of producers — its beats are by Pete Rock, Madlib, Hi-Tek, Supa Dave West, Bink!, House Shoes, Nottz, Karriem Riggins and, of course, Dilla himself. Nas, who was highly influential in the album’s release, and also drop by. Some definite highlights are ‘Fuck the Police’, ‘The Introduction’ and .
J Dilla’s official Spotify channel should have the hookups soon, but if you can’t wait until then you can purchase it on iTunes, or hotfoot it to your local Sanity store.
Long live Jay Dee <3.
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