J Dilla – Diamonds & Ice 12-inch
This is the second 12-inch EP release from the forthcoming “long lost” J Dilla album The Diary. Read about it & hear the lead track here: J Dilla – Diamonds & Ice.
This EP contains what might be the two best known tracks from The Diary – one leaked years ago in the form of a low-bit MP3, and another as a short-lived promotional single. These versions – both final and alternate mixes – come straight from mixed-down masters that Dilla himself created.
Long before his posthumous album The Shining, J Dilla titled these two tracks “The Shining Pt. 1,” produced by Notzz, and “The Shining Pt. 2,” produced by Madlib. The Diamonds & Ice EP contains two markedly different versions of “Ice,” with one showing the musical direction Dilla would embark on after The Diary was shelved in 2002. Rounding out this EP is a Madlib instrumental that J Dilla secured for the album but never turned into the final song, titled “The D.”
Sleeve by Jeff Jank. Label image by B and Shepard Fairey from the Obey J Dilla poster. PJ002