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J Dilla heads will be excited to know that the highly anticipated 'The Diary' album is due to be released on 15th April. 

The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla's longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla's long lost vocal album in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records.

Initially intended for release in 2002The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer's prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff DraftJaylib, and Donuts). 

The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop DoggBilalKokaneFrank and DankNottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla,MadlibPete RockHi-tekNottzHouse ShoesSupa Dave WestBink! and Karriem Riggins. The album was announced today in an interview with Nas on Zane Lowe's show on Beats1 with the never-before-heard song "The Introduction."





1. The Introduction
2. The Anthem feat. Frank & Dank
3. Fight Club feat. Nottz & Boogie
4. The Shining Pt. 1 (Diamonds) feat. Kenny Wray
5. The Shining Pt. 2 (Ice)
6. Trucks
7. Gangsta Boogie feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane
8. Drive Me Wild
9. Give Them What They Want
10. The Creep (The O)
11. The Ex feat. Bilal
12. So Far
13. Fuck The Police
14. The Diary




J Dilla’s legacy still lives

I would like to give a very special thank you to the record store owner in Detroit who found hundreds of old cassette tapes of J Dilla’s work. For those of us who have his music on repeat, we can now hear new music from the legendary producer. 

The tapes are in Dilla’s mother Maureen Yancey “Ma Dukes” possession and according to, the material was found by Jeff Bubeck, who owns the Royal Oak-based record store UHF. 

After a routine spring cleaning in an abandoned storage unit he looked after, he stumbled across over 7,000-8,000 records, notebooks, notes and other handwritten artifacts by J Dilla. 

A lot of Dilla fans are waiting in anticipation to get their hands on this unreleased music, Bubeck, UHF, Yancey and the J Dilla Foundation are working together to figure out the best way to distribute the records, and to figure out a way to get it in the hands of the fans, and do some good for the J Dilla Foundation.

Here at Stimulate Your Soul, we continuously interview musicians who have personally worked with Dilla, and I thought it would be a good idea to collate them all here in a blog for you to easily read.  

Bootie Brown – The Pharcyde

Everyone in there life I think at onetime is exposed to an individual that makes certain things looks so easy because of their flawless workflow. JD was that. He was a genius in his own right. He was my waking up on how music was created before I met him; there were rules to how music was made. He infused the things around him to create music. It was like going on a camping trip and 
one individual brings the raw necessities but he is the most prepared person you ever seen. While you are struggling to get a fire going with matches, he has a bon fire out of flint rock, eating and reading a book.


Dilla was crazy; I always say that the MPC was an extension of his arm. It was part of him; I always said he was a court room stenographer too. They are the people that sit down and take the minutes in the courtroom. On an MPC his fingers were fly, you couldn’t grasp what he was doing. Definitely a talent and I learned a lot from him. If I ever got lost on the MPC, I would call him and be like “Yo I got a problem,” he’d respond with “Oh yeahh, fo sho, ffo shoo, what’s up? He got a stutter, “sssuuup.” He always had a solution, and he always knew everything. He might as well have made it himself.

Jack from J*Davey 

Jack: I was approached by Mr French, an LA DJ who said told me about the (Red Light) project. I can't quite remember who was putting it together, but there was some interest & I actually got the track via messenger the day that Dilla passed. I've been a Dilla fiend since college so I was honoured to have the opportunity to write something to one of his tracks.

I also interviewed The President of the J Dilla Foundation Joylette, about how you can keep Dilla’s legacy alive, and to continue to inspire and encourage the younger musical generation into making real music, that we sadly don’t hear much anymore these days.  

For those who don’t know who Dilla is, his name is James Dewitt Yancey and he was an American record producer from Detroit, Michigan. He worked with the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu and Common. He sadly passed away from Lupus in 2006.

What’s your favourite Dilla song? How has he affected you? We want to hear it, please leave a comment below.