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J Dilla print by Raph Rashid

J Dilla — November 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

On Sale: J DILLA PRINT BY RAPH RASHID

20 x 20 inch photo on 24-inch Kodak paper, printed edition signed and numbered by the photographer, Raph Rashid.

This photo was taken in 2005 in Dilla’s home studio (aka the living room) in Los Angeles, and first published in Rashid’s book Behind the Beat (2006).

Raph’s latest book is Back to the Lab (2017), which we launched this fall. Another of Raph’s photos of Dilla (quickly sold out) was printed for our book launch party at Rappcats in Los Angeles.

The Dilla Turntable

J Dilla — October 19, 2016 | Comments (21)

ON SALE: THE DILLA TURNTABLE

Nov. 30 Update: Our expected ship date has moved from December 10 to December 19. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Contains an exclusive 7-inch single: J Dilla “The Sickness” feat. Nas, produced by Madlib. Vocal b/w Instrumental. Only available in this package.

Pay Jay Productions (PJ011), an official product of the Estate of James Yancey.

This turntable was designed to be portable, but functions as a stand alone record player and can plug into any stereo system that accepts an RCA jack or a USB output. It also allows you to record music directly into your computer (transcription software disc included in package). It also contains a 1/8″ headphone jack and dynamic, full range stereo speakers. It comes with a replacement stylus and a 45 adaptor. Artwork by Mason London.

• 3 speed turntable (33 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM)
• USB and RCA Outputs
• 1.8″ Headphone Jack
• Stereo Speakers
• Contains 45 adapter and replacement stylus
• Transcription software disc included in package

Shipping weight: 10 lbs. We are offering flat-rate shipping for domestic and international orders. Details, full specs here.

CHECK OUT OUR GALLERY OF PORTABLE TURNTABLES

J Dilla – THE MIDDLE FINGER – white label 12-inch

J Dilla — September 15, 2016 | Comments (8)

ON SALE: J DILLA – THE MIDDLE FINGER

Update: SOLD OUT – Limited edition of 1000, hand-numbered 12-inch vinyl. Kanye West produced version of “The Anthem” & Dilla’s alt. vocal version of “Fuck the Police.” Expected ship date October 11th.

When J Dilla turned in a demo of his solo album to MCA Records in 2002, he did so on a CDR that he labeled The Middle Finger. We’re going to have to guess what he meant by that – it doesn’t seem to have been a working title for the record, so maybe he was telling the A&R staff what he cared of their intervention into his creative process? Or was it what he thought about having to show the label a progress report?

For lack of a finished album, that CDR – stripped of “Fuck the Police” – was turned into an MCA promo CD, with one of those stark, black and white tray cards in a jewel case and a laser-printed label. By that time the album was being called Pay Jay, and it circulated at around the same time that Wendy Goldstein – the exec that had signed Dilla to MCA – left the label. Dilla was left in a lurch, the album was shelved and he was eventually released from his contractual obligations to MCA.

That demo/promo CD was leaked, and it became the basis of numerous bootlegs, all sourced from low-bit rate, 128 KBPS MP3 files. Dilla hadn’t even kept the original files in his archived sessions in Detroit.

That CDR – the original CDR, the actual “Middle Finger” – still existed. It was found in a storage unit, in a pile of other major-label leftovers, and it barely played. The CD’s reflective paint was chipping off, rendering it all but unusable. Two tracks – which never made it to The Diary – did play, and they came off that CD in full resolution. Those were Dilla’s two-track mixes of the Kanye West version of “The Anthem” and his album version of “Fuck The Police,” featuring an alternate vocal performance. This single comes from those files, and completes The Diary.

Photo of J Dilla at A&M Records, Los Angeles, by Eric Coleman (Mochilla).

J Dilla – The Diary INSTRUMENTALS

J Dilla — May 31, 2016 | Comments (2)

SHIPPING NOW: J DILLA – THE DIARY INSTRUMENTALS

Beats by J Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, Waajeed, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins. 1 LP vinyl with MP3 download card and booklet.

The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer’s prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib, and Donuts). The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank and Dank, Nottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins. Read more about The Diary.

The instrumentals album is available now at Rappcats and will be released worldwide on July 8, 2016.

Video: The Making of J Dilla’s THE DIARY

J Dilla — May 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Hi-Tek, Nottz, Karriem Riggins and others weigh in on the record nearly 15 years in the making. The Diary is out now, available on vinyl.

The Diary was Dilla’s attempt to take advantage of the attention afforded him after his brightest period as a behind-the-scenes hit-maker and influencer. However, the project stalled and the album was literally shelved, the reels languishing in storage in Detroit as a relocated Dilla began a creative renaissance in Los Angeles. The Diary in this, its final form, was painstakingly assembled over a ten year period from two-track mixdowns and multi-track masters found in J Dilla’s archives after his death in 2006. The completion of The Diary was overseen by The Estate of James Yancey’s Creative Director Eothen Alapatt, long term general manager of Stones Throw Records and A&R for Donuts and Jaylib, whose previous archival Dilla work includes the expanded Ruff Draft issue from 2008. The Estate of James Yancey is overseen by California’s Probate Court on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.

J Dilla – The Diary (album cover); J Dilla with Slum Village circa 2001, by Eric Coleman.

Video: J Dilla feat. Nas “The Sickness” (Produced by Madlib)

J Dilla — April 27, 2016 | Comments (13)

J Dilla’s “The Sickness,” produced by Madlib, a recording made in 2001 for Dilla’s The Diary, and completed in 2015 with a verse by Nas. This is a bonus track the iTunes release of the album.

“Bring yo weed, I got a story to tell…”

J Dilla — April 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Available in DARK NAVY BLUE | WHITE | BLACK

“Bring yo weed, I got a story to tell” are lyrics from the title track of J Dilla’s The Diary. The shirts were design by Mason London, printed on Alstyle.

The Diary: Karriem Riggins Speaks on J Dilla

J Dilla, Karriem Riggins — March 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

J Dilla – THE DIARY – Producer list and vinyl

J Dilla — February 25, 2016 | Comments (4)

EXCLUSIVE VINYL PRE-ORDER HERE: J DILLA – THE DIARY

We have vinyl for The Diary of J Dilla, coming April 16. The single LP set contains a 16-page booklet with introduction by Eothen Alapatt and liner notes by Ronnie Reese detailing the story of the album. Ronnie Reese previously wrote the liner notes for J Dilla’s Ruff Draft, a production which took place immediately following The Diary. The producers on the album are listed below.

Tracks 2, 6, 9, 13 are produced by J Dilla.

1. The Introduction, prod. by HOUSE SHOES with additional production by J Dilla
2. The Anthem feat. Frank & Dank
3. Fight Club feat. Nottz & Boogie, prod. by WAAJEED
4. The Shining Pt. 1 (Diamonds) feat. Kenny Wray, prod. by NOTTZ
5. The Shining Pt. 2 (Ice), prod. by MADLIB
6. Trucks
7. Gangsta Boogie feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane, prod. by HI-TEK
8. Drive Me Wild, prod. by KARRIEM RIGGINS with live performance by Questlove, Lee Johnson, James Poyser, Pino Palidino
9. Give Them What They Want
10. The Creep (The O), prod. by HI-TEK
11. The Ex feat. Bilal, prod. by PETE ROCK
12. So Far, prod. by SUPA DAVE WEST
13. Fuck The Police
14. The Diary, prod. by BINK!

All tracks recorded September 2001 – April 2002 at The Spaceship, Clinton Township, MI and Studio A, Detroit.

J Dilla’s long lost 2002 vocal album THE DIARY to be released April 15

J Dilla — February 18, 2016 | Comments (10)

J Dilla – The Diary (album cover); J Dilla with Slum Village circa 2001, by Eric Coleman.

VINYL ON SALE HERE: J DILLA – THE DIARY

J Dilla vocal album featuring Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane; production by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, Waajeed, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins.

The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary on April 15th, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer’s prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib, and Donuts). The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank and Dank, Nottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins. The album was announced today in an interview with Nas on Zane Lowe’s show on Beats1 with the never-before-heard song “The Introduction.”

The Diary was Dilla’s attempt to take advantage of the attention afforded him after his brightest period as a behind-the-scenes hit-maker and influencer. However, the project stalled and the album was literally shelved, the reels languishing in storage in Detroit as a relocated Dilla began a creative renaissance in Los Angeles. The Diary in this, its final form, was painstakingly assembled over a ten year period from two-track mixdowns and multi-track masters found in J Dilla’s archives after his death in 2006. The completion of The Diary was overseen by The Estate of James Yancey’s Creative Director Eothen Alapatt, long term general manager of Stones Throw Records and A&R for Donuts and Jaylib, whose previous archival Dilla work includes the expanded Ruff Draft issue from 2008. The Estate of James Yancey is overseen by California’s Probate Court on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.

The musical landscape has shifted mightily in the wake of J Dilla’s final album. Donuts’ release and Dilla’s subsequent death forced a critical and fan-level reexamination of his work and importance on the global stage. J Dilla was marginalized in the years leading up to his death, as he, battling the rare blood disorder that would eventually take his life, eschewed the major label-led music industry where he created or aided some of the music industry’s brightest – D’angelo, Erykah Badu, Common – in the late 90s and early 00s, moved to California from his native Detroit and dug deep into the deepest recesses of his creative spirit to offer a new take on hip hop’s decades old art form of sampling. After Donuts, the likes of Kanye West and Pharrel Williams could be heard echoing words read on a fan’s shirt from one of J Dilla’s last European tours in 2005: J Dilla Changed My Life. They were not the only ones: Justin Timberlake opines openly that the world needs more Dilla. J Dilla became a critical signpost for these stars, and others: the archetype figure that birthed everything they loved and cared for in hip-hop.

READ INTERVIEW WITH J DILLA ESTATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR EOTHEN ALAPATT HERE via Rollingstone.com