The Estate of James Yancey revived J Dilla’s PayJay 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" b/w “Trucks.” Response to the start of this landmark project was enthusiastic, to say the least. Pitchfork said “Ever since J Dilla's death in 2006, a steady stream of posthumous material has been released, with varying degrees of legitimacy. But this one is particularly huge, and totally legit: The Diary is a lost vocal album Dilla completed in the early 2000s.” Pay Jay now announces the second single from The Diary with what might be the two best known tracks from the album, as both were issued in bootleg and promotional forms over the years. But these versions – both final and alternate mixes - come straight from mixed-down masters that Dilla himself created. “The Shining Pt. 1,” better known as “Diamonds” was produced by Virginia’s Nottz. “The Shining Pt. 2,” better known as “Ice” was produced by Dilla’s Jaylib collaborator Madlib. This section deserves particular note, as the album version and “Ruff Draft” version are so markedly different – and show the musical direction that Dilla would embark upon after he shelved The Diary in 2002. Rounding out this 12” is a Madlib instrumental that was never turned into the final song, titled “The D,” that Dilla had hoped to create. We’ve included this beat as a hint of what could have been. The first press of this 12” features clear vinyl atop an original Jeff Jank sleeve with art by B+ and Shepard Fairey and placed in a thick, fold-over plastic sleeve. Subsequent runs will not have the clear vinyl or the fold-over plastic sleeve.
At the San Francisco Madlib Medicine Show tour stop, the producer announced a collaborative project with the rapper Freddie Gibbs and debuted songs from this EP: "Thuggin'" and "Deep." This 6-track record is released on Madlib's Madlib Invazion label - the imprint the producer founded to release his 13 Madlib Medicine Show volumes. The duo's as-of-yet untitled album is planned for release in first quarter 2012. For Madlib, this marks another entry in an exciting series of collaborative albums that he has created with the likes of DOOM (Madvillainy), the late J Dilla (Jaylib) and Strong Arm Steady (In Search Of Stoney Jackson). For Gibbs, the album serves as somewhat of a departure: coming off the heels of his acclaimed Cold Day In Hell album, and before the release of the album he's finishing for Young Jeezy's CTE imprint, this project gives the Gary, Indiana-bred, LA-based rapper a chance to stretch out over the Beat Konducta's lush musical tapestry. If the first release is any indication, this collaboration will find Gibbs' rough-hewn raps landing atop smoldering soul and jagged psychedelia.
The Estate of James Yancey revived J Dilla’s PayJay Productions as a functioning imprint and announced its release of Dilla's long lost vocal album, The Diary. Thus far, two limited edition EPs - "Anthem" b/w “Trucks” and “Diamonds” b/w “Ice” – have seen release. “Give Them What They Want” is the last EP that will be released before The Diary is unleashed in full. “Give Them What They Want” is a special treat – an unheard J Dilla-produced vocal track that has never before been released. It is paired on this release with the Super Dave West version, entitled “The Doe,” and a second West-produced track, “No One’s Home.” “Give Them What They Want” was mixed by Dilla himself, and its component instrumental was mixed down to match Dilla’s vocal version by Dave Cooley, from Dilla’s original multi-track sessions. The first press of this 12” features clear vinyl atop a Jeff Jank-altered photograph by James T. & Karla L. Murray from their lauded book Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York (Gingko Press) and an original label illustration by Denise Nestor. Subsequent runs will not have the clear vinyl or the fold-over plastic sleeve.X
Grab this to pick up some quality nightmarish hip hop not available on Quasimoto’s The Unseen album. And don’t forget about the Dino-Brain Beat on Side B, also only available on this 12".
First release for MF DOOM & Madlib's Madvillain.
A vinyl exclusive mega mix of 70s/80s Afrika Bambaataa/Zulu Nation dub plates and acetates. HOUSED IN A HAND SILK-SCREENED JACKET FROM ANTIDESIGNS. Compiled by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist in commemoration of their Renegades Of Rhythm tour, this exclusive mega-mix is culled from previously unheard Afrika Bambaataa acetates and celebrates the legendary group's artistry.
Following up Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Pinata – this EP contains exclusive tracks not available on the album. “Knicks,” in remixed form, now features a new verse by Gibbs alongside Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom. The b-side, “Home,” features BJ The Chicago Kid – the velvet voiced vocalist from the duo’s earlier “Shame” – and Madlib’s two-part soul-flip carries Gibb’s narrative about a traveling man’s disregard for his woman at home. Both sides are completed by previously unheard Madlib instrumentals.