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J Dilla – Diamonds & Ice

J Dilla — August 2, 2013 | Comments (15)


In Spring 2013, the Estate of James Yancey revived J Dilla’s Pay Jay Productions as a functioning imprint and announced its release of Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary, with the first Pay Jay single “Anthem.”

“Diamonds & Ice” is the second single, a 7-track 12-inch EP.

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 (2006), J Dilla titled these two tracks “The Shining Pt. 1” and “The Shining Pt. 2.” “Diamonds (The Shining Pt. 1)” was produced Nottz, and “Ice (The Shining Pt. 2)” was produced by Madlib, who Dilla would later collaborate with under the group name Jaylib. 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.” We’ve included this beat as a hint of what could have been.

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. What else can be said.i already posted on my Facebook page way before I saw the link that its dillaweekend..lets goooooooooo!!

    Comment by Brothalee — August 2, 2013, 9:28 am
  2. Unable to checkout: Product # is missing dimensions. Aborting. Invalid shipping method.

    Comment by Nico — August 2, 2013, 9:35 am
  3. I get the same as Nico. Product # missing and/or invalid shipping method.

    Comment by Tyler — August 2, 2013, 9:51 am
  4. Nico, Tyler – it’s fixed.

    Comment by Rappcats — August 2, 2013, 9:58 am
  5. […] Here’s a completed and mixed version of Dilla’s Nottz produced “The Shining Pt. 1″, which was previously available as an unmixed leak. This new version will appear on the upcoming posthomous Dilla rap album, The Diary. Now called “Diamonds”, the track will be available along with “Ice (The Shining Pt. 2)” and a Madlib instrumental called “The D”, on the just announced Diamonds & Ice EP, due out August 27th. The Diary is expected to drop at some point this year. More info here. […]

  6. is there no digital download?

    Comment by Joe — August 2, 2013, 12:00 pm
  7. Wonderful track ….but i had this like 3 yrs ago…This is a different mixx , personaly i like the original mixx better ….Dillla Dawg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Ace Lib — August 2, 2013, 1:59 pm
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  9. […] “Diamonds,” the track we’re streaming today, was a fan favorite years ago and sounds just as sweet today, as Rappcats reports: […]

  10. Can we get this fixed? Or did I miss out?

    “Sorry, it seems that there are no available shipping methods for your state. Please contact us if you require assistance or wish to make alternate arrangements.”

    Comment by Cameron — August 3, 2013, 7:57 pm
  11. After a few more efforts the shipping issue fixed itself. Gotta agree with Ace Lib though, this mix is pretty wildly different from what I had heard back in 09. Starts off without the instrumental build up, no drops on the “Bling, Bling” to start the verses and other places throughout, different bars at the end of verse 1 & 2, missing the whispered voice saying “Diamonds” at the end of the verses.
    Still copped but wish it was the mix I was familiar with. Beggars can’t be choosers, but damn, that original mix was CLASSIC.

    Comment by Cameron — August 3, 2013, 8:17 pm
  12. […] UPDATE: And now we can, thanks to Rappcats: […]

  13. Just placed my order. Hyped.

    Comment by Sam goodz — August 4, 2013, 3:38 pm
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