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J Dilla – Give Em What They Want

J Dilla — April 16, 2014 | Comments (10)


From Dilla’s long-lost (and still tangled) album The Diary, “Give ‘Em What They Want,” 12-inch on clear vinyl with five tracks produced in 2002 by J Dilla and Supa Dave West, on Pay Jay Productions.

Dilla set out in 2002 to record an album collaborating with his favorite producers, and Supa Dave West was among them. The first two vocal tracks on this record are built around the same lyrics – “Give ‘Em What They Want” produced by Dilla and “The Doe” produced by West are typical of how he would re-record a track, changing his delivery to fit another producer’s beat.

The last vocal track “So Far,” also produced by Supa Dave West, will be familiar to some fans of MP3 bootlegs. On this record, it’s mastered for the first time by Dave Cooley, who worked on Donuts, The Shining and Ruff Draft.

Thanks to James & Karla Murray for the cover photo, from their book Store Front (Ginko Press). The label illustration is by Denise Nestor, based on a photo by B+. Sleeve by Jeff Jank. This was produced for reissue by Eothen Alapatt, with coordination from House Shoes, Henoch Moore and J Rocc.

Pay Jay Productions was founded by J Dilla (James Yancey). 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.



  1. Thats that shit. Dilla Dilla Dilla Dilla

    Comment by Megalops — April 16, 2014, 4:53 pm
  2. Turn it up!

    Looking forward to this and the full length

    Comment by Samgoodz — April 16, 2014, 5:20 pm
  3. hot shit

    Comment by drum — April 16, 2014, 8:06 pm
  4. Can’t wait to hear this, been following Dilla even before I knew who he was. I use to tell people there’s this dude making these beats that are so ridiculously dope! Anyway Rip to the best ever..Thelonious super Microphonist!

    Comment by Dmosill — April 16, 2014, 8:11 pm
  5. J Dilla music has become supernatural, his vibrations always takes me to another world…. #TurnItUp

    Comment by WarAt69 — April 16, 2014, 11:48 pm
  6. This is hot as fuck, will order next week when the pre-order for Rock Konducta vol. 2 is out as shipping is more than the record to NZ for just this.

    Comment by Thomas Gray — April 16, 2014, 11:51 pm
  7. The last vocal track, is it titled “So Far” or “No One’s Home”?

    Comment by Rapha — April 16, 2014, 11:59 pm
  8. wow. Jay Dee bakery is from where I live. Crazy how it’s the cover to this momentous album.

    Comment by neptunesfan1 — April 21, 2014, 5:02 pm
  9. Classic love this website & the content you publish thank you so much!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Justin Herschel — May 22, 2014, 5:09 pm
  10. it’s funny how people don’t read much…this is Dilla with DAVE WEST on production, that’s Dilla’s choice of producer, and the talent HE wanted to work with!!! ignoring the point Dilla was trying to make: that there are other cats you should listen to.

    Comment by Anon — May 25, 2014, 11:14 am

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