J Dilla vocal album THE DIARY planned for release on Pay Jay

J Dilla — February 11, 2013 | Comments (33)

Now on Sale: J Dilla – “Anthem” 12-inch single (Pay Jay)

PayJay Productions, Inc. was the company James Dewitt “J Dilla” Yancey founded in 2001 to house his production company and his publishing company. But it was also a symbolic move: PayJay was a sign that the maverick producer then known as Jay Dee would see his individual goals in music industry realized, and he would get paid in the process.

The Estate of James Yancey has revived PayJay as a functioning imprint, and is announcing its release of J Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary. The first single “Anthem” b/w “Trucks” is now available at rappcats.com. Both “Anthem” and “Trucks” were produced, and feature complete vocal performances, by Dilla. The tracks come straight from multi-track masters found on 2-inch tape shortly after Dilla’s passing in 2006. These songs have been mixed by engineer Dave Cooley, who worked extensively with Dilla during his years in Los Angeles. Using Dilla’s original demo mixes as his guide, Cooley attempted to finalize Dilla’s vision for these tracks, while keeping all of the elements that Dilla had in place in his original demos present.

The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California 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 Diary is an album of vocal performances recorded between in the early 2000s over production by the likes of Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and others. PayJay recently issued the “Dilla World Tour” tee shirt in conjunction with clothing brand Stussy, and a collaborative figure is set to be released in 2013.

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  1. [...] [via Rappcats] [...]

  2. [...] The Diary is also set to feature production from Madlib, Nottz, Pete Rock, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and more. Which leads us to believe that this is the highly discussed Pay Jay album, which was originally supposed to see an early ’00s release via MCA Records. Stream “Anthem” and get more information on the highly anticipated release of The Diary here. [...]

  3. [...] via Rappcats [...]

  4. [...] Read the details, courtesy of Rappcats: [...]

    Pingback by J Dilla - Anthem :: Indie Shuffle Music Blog — February 11, 2013, 11:54 am
  5. [...] Rappcatts released the info about this little gem earlier. Remember Pay Jay? That shelved album of Jay Dee laying down vocals over other producers’ beats? Well this album may finally see the light of day as The Diary. If you want more info on that, go check out the article on Rappcats, because what I’m really here to show you is a previously unreleased track by the late producer/rapper himself. “Anthem” features Dilla and Frank n Dank rhyming over a funky (possibly middle-eastern sampled?) beat by Dilla himself. The track is available on vinyl with the great track “Trucks” as the B-Side. To purchase, click the link below, but you can stream for FREE below. [...]

  6. [...] For more info about The Diary, go over to Rappcats. [...]

  7. [...] The track “Anthem” is just as good as you’d expect so get your ears around it below and grab this in April with the full album “The Diary” set to land soon after. More info on the album here. [...]

    Pingback by J Dilla - Anthem | fairlyrandom — February 11, 2013, 1:17 pm
  8. [...] Nottz, Pete Rock, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and more. For more information on the album, click here and for the “Anthem” single, stream it [...]

    Pingback by Listen: J Dilla - "Anthem" | Day & A Dream — February 11, 2013, 1:23 pm
  9. [...] of this version of “Anthem” Rappcats is putting out, also from the lost MCA album (now being referred to as The Diary?), and definitely the funniest Dilla song of all time.  If you need some extra motivation to click [...]

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  10. [...] My favorite producer strikes yet again. He was supposed to be working on a solo album before he passed. The album was supposed to have productions by Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and others. The 2 tracks released on vinyl here, are produced by dilla himself. Find out more on the planned release for the Dilla vocal album here. [...]

    Pingback by J DILLA x ANTHEM — February 11, 2013, 4:59 pm
  11. [...] There still also  exists the possibility The Diary is a different collection of songs, J Dee was always working. What is it to say he did not do numerous projects with these producers? Whatever it turns out to be, more Dilla is always a good thing. “Anthem” is also getting a special 12” release and will also feature another unreleased song “Trucks.” You can pre-order your copy over at Rappcats.com [...]

  12. [...] Read the album announcement: J Dilla vocal album THE DIARY planned for release on Pay Jay [...]

  13. [...] records are expected to be shipped out on or around April 15th. The single is the precursor to a full length of previously unreleased tracks from the artist. You can hear “Anthem,” [...]

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  14. [...] Source: RappCats.com [...]

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  15. [...] +Info : Rappcats [...]

  16. [...] J Dilla vocal album THE DIARY planned for release on Pay Jay [...]

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    Comment by eric — April 17, 2013, 4:22 am
  18. [...] J Dilla vocal album THE DIARY planned for release on Pay Jay [...]

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  19. [...] out for The Diary to drop later this year on Pay Jay [...]

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  20. [...] out for The Diary to drop later this year on Pay Jay Records.READ MORE TO KEEP [...]

  21. [...] out for The Diary to drop later this year on Pay Jay [...]

  22. [...] out for The Diary to drop later this year on Pay Jay [...]

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  23. [...] out for The Diary to drop later this year on Pay Jay [...]

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  24. [...] out for The Diary to drop later this year on Pay Jay [...]

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  25. [...] lost vocal album, The Diary, is still slated to release sometime this year, via Pay Jay Records, but for now enjoy the new music down [...]

  26. [...] 12-inch, the first official release from J Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary, coming next year on PayJay [...]

    Pingback by Brand New: J Dilla - Tricks — April 18, 2013, 11:22 am
  27. [...] we all wait for The Diary to drop, we’ll take comfort in the knowledge that there will be an ample amount of remixes [...]

  28. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked
    submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing
    all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

    Comment by health — June 27, 2013, 10:16 am
  29. [...] Lost Scrolls EP was released February 2013 The Anthem EP was released April 2013 along with the announcement of J Dilla’s long-lost album The Diary in [...]

  30. [...] as a functioning imprint and announced its release of Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary, with the first Pay Jay single [...]

    Pingback by Rappcats » J Dilla – Diamonds & Ice — August 2, 2013, 8:48 am
  31. [...] and Ice according to RapCats.com  is the 2nd single from “Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary, with the first Pay Jay single “Anthem.”” Rap Cats also states ““Diamonds (The [...]

  32. [...] the Diamonds & Ice 12-inch vinyl have the other half of Jaylib on the boards. Jay Dee’s The Diary is due out sometime later this year. JD lives forever, turn it [...]

    Pingback by J Dilla – Diamonds (The Shining Pt. 1) | — August 4, 2013, 1:33 pm
  33. [...] enfin qu’il s’agit du second EP extrait de The Diary (après Anthem / Trucks) compilation annoncée de longue date ayant pour objet les compositions rap de l’artiste [...]

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