Fusicology on April 13, 2016with 0 comments
J DILLA’S LONG LOST 2002 VOCAL ALBUM THE DIARY OUT THIS WEEK ON PAYJAY/MASS APPEAL RECORDS
LISTEN TO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ITUNES BONUS TRACK “THE SICKNESS feat. NAS (PRODUCED BY MADLIB)”:
PREORDER THE DIARY WITH TWO BONUS TRACKS EXCLUSIVELY ON ITUNES: http://found.ee/JDillaTheDiary
This Friday J Dilla‘s longstanding company PayJay (revived by The Estate of James Yancey as a functioning imprint) have partnered with Mass Appeal Records to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary was shelved by its parent label, which led to Yancey’s break with the major label system and instigated his migration to California to embark on the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib, and Donuts).
The Diary was Dilla’s chance to step out from behind the production console and flex his distinctive vocal talents, calling on the auspicious production talents of Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins. The record also carries vocal spots by Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank and Dank, Nottz, and Boogie.
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 reissue 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 DIARY TRACK LIST