J Dilla // The Diary / PayJay

Big1 Alertt.

Dilla’s “long-lost” vocal album The Diary is set for release in a couple of months on the 15th of April. I first wrote about The Diary almost exactly 2 years ago, so am pleased that this is finally getting a proper release!

Best known for his production work, J Dilla was also an accomplished rapper, and apparently this new record feature 14 cuts with JD’s rapping, over productions by all sorts, including VVV favourite Madlib, Karriem Riggins and more.

Several of the tracks on the album (which can be pre-ordered here) have already been released as singles on PayJay, and there have been all sorts of Dilla releases since his passing 10 years ago (perhaps most notably Dillatronic?), but this sounds like it will be particularly large.

For plenty more details, check Rolling Stone’s interview with Stones Throw’s Egon, and stream the lead track below.

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