Monday, March 9, 2009

Posthumous J Dilla Release Due June 2

It wasn't rushed and it wasn't haphazard... this album combines what he did in the beginning of his career, what he did in some of our early hospital stays, which was very deep, and some stuff pulled from old floppy disks & DATs. It's mind blowing...this is like the missing links to Dilla's legacy. - "Ma Dukes"
We were first introduced to J Dilla from the closest of sources. A few years back, we were fortunate enough to work with rising piano star Robert Glasper on his last two amazing records In My Element and Canvas (Blue Note). Glasper counted J Dilla as a friend and mentor before Dilla's tragic death at age 32 from Lupus-related complications. Since his death, J Dilla has been referenced, honored, remixed, sampled and lauded more times than could possibly be mentioned here. J Dilla recorded thousands of beats that are continuing to be mined by producers, fans and artists to this day. That brings us to the latest collection of Dilla's work Jay Stay Paid (Nature Sounds), which is produced by long-time Dilla hero Pete Rock and overseen and executive produced by J Dilla's mom Ms. Yancey a.k.a. "Ma Dukes." J$P is mostly instrumental, but features guest vocal performances from Black Thought of The Roots, MF DOOM, and M.O.P.

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