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I already discussed the Shining a couple weeks ago but here is a chance for you to sample some more of the music off the upcoming (out August 22nd) post humous record by one of hip hop's all time greats, James “Jay Dee aka J Dilla” Yancey. I don't like this disc as much as Donuts but that doesn't mean it isn't good.

Mp3: J-Dilla feat. Pharoahe Monch - "Love"
Stream: J-Dilla feat. Common & D'Angelo - "So Far To Go"
Stream: J-Dilla feat. Guilty Simpson & Madlib - "Baby"

Still One of the better records of the year. RIP J-Dilla.

6 interested person(s)

kristjan said... @ 7/25/2006 12:57:00 PM

so tell me this. (you are my "go-to-guy" now) how is it that dilla did so much production work, but was broke when he passed? were his medical bills that outrageous? or had he been getting screwed by his peers?

K. said... @ 7/25/2006 01:23:00 PM

There is one after the Shining as well called Jay Love Japan released on Operation Unknown label. J-Dilla had long suffered with Lupus. When he died he died of cardiac arrest and was suffering from pneumonia. From looking at pictures throughout his life he is very skinny and I can only imagine that that damage caused by lupus had on him (its a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage). He also suffered for over three years with an incurable blood disease.

This probably resulted in large medical bills and I would assume he didn't have health insurance and while his production resume is large and distinguished its mainly underground stuff which I would assume didn't pay out huge royalties. There are others who certainly know more than I this is just what I know from reading various obits etc.


Nordy said... @ 7/25/2006 02:20:00 PM

Dilla fans will also like this, courtesy of Okayplayer Mike Check:


Nordy said... @ 7/25/2006 04:15:00 PM

Looks like the link got cut off. Try clicking here instead.

Anonymous said... @ 7/30/2006 03:48:00 PM

hey i saw this before!
july 18th post at

Ethan said... @ 2/07/2007 07:05:00 PM

I gotta stand up for the track "Love" in particular. He's got so much old school soul rippin' through that track. It reminds me of when I first heard the acoustic version of Soul Food by Goodie Mob (props to Cocaine Blunts back in August 2004). Can't find the acoustic version to point you to but if you ask Cocaine Blunts nicely they may re-post.

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