The last 48 hours came with the announcement of two new posthumous J Dilla releases on Pay Jay productions. Here is one of them. ’Anthem’ features the late great James Yancey on the beat and the mic with fellow Detroit duo Frank N Dank who worked closely with him many times. A swishy guitar and elaborate drums are combined with simplicity, signature of Dilla’s duality and typically the rhymes are hard. Check out the 12″ pre-order below, with the track ‘Trucks’ on the B side. It’s worth noting that both songs were recorded in the early ’00s, and were planned for release (in fact recorded at the end of the production process) but never saw the light of day until now.
It’s also worth noting that a full posthumous LP has also been announced along with this single. Dilla goes vocal on The Diary over beats by Madlib, Karriem Riggins, Pete Rock and more notable names. Peep all the info after the jump.
Preorder Anthem/Trucks 12″: Rappcats
Press info on the new releases:
PayJay Productions, Inc. was the company James Dewitt “J Dilla” Yancey founded in 2001 to house his production company and his publishing company. But it was also a symbolic move: PayJay was a sign that the maverick producer then known as Jay Dee would see his individual goals in music industry realized, and he would get paid in the process.
The Estate of James Yancey has revived PayJay as a functioning imprint, and is announcing its release of J Dilla’s long lost vocal album,The Diary. The first single “Anthem” b/w “Trucks” is now available as a pre-sale at rappcats.com and will be released on vinyl early this spring. Both “Anthem” and “Trucks” were produced, and feature complete vocal performances, by Dilla. The tracks come straight from multi-track masters found on 2-inch tape shortly after Dilla’s passing in 2006. These songs have been mixed by engineer Dave Cooley, who worked extensively with Dilla during his years in Los Angeles. Using Dilla’s original demo mixes as his guide, Cooley attempted to finalize Dilla’s vision for these tracks, while keeping all of the elements that Dilla had in place in his original demos present.
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.
The Diary is an album of vocal performances recorded between in the early 2000s over production by the likes of Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and others. PayJay recently issued the “Dilla World Tour” tee shirt in conjunction with clothing brand Stussy, and a collaborative figure is set to be released in 2013.