We all know we can use a little more J Dilla in our soundsystem! So to prepare for his long lost album The Diary (once rumored to be titled Pay Jay), you can listen to the track called Diamonds (The Shining Pt. 1). This is the single which is off the second 12-inch EP release called Diamonds & Ice (first one called Anthem), scheduled for release on August 27th. Pre-order that now. This track was originally released years ago in a rough format; now here is the finalized version.

So, the story behind Diamonds & Ice is that before the release of Dilla’s The Shining album, he put out two tracks, naming them The Shining Pt. 1 and The Shining Pt. 2. The first one (which is ‘Diamonds’) was produced by Nottz, while the second version (‘Ice’) was produced by Madlib and was both leaked a long time ago… unfinished. In the EP, the track ‘Ice’ comes in two different versions, with one of them showing which direction Dilla would go on after The Diary was shelved back in 2002. There is also another Madlib-produced instrumental on there called ‘The D’, which Dilla secured for The Diary but never turned into a final song.

The Diary is scheduled to be released later this year.


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