The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release the instrumental counterpart to Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary on July 8th on CD/Digital, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The 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 Draft, Jaylib, and Donuts). The Diary Instrumentals features production J Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink!, Waajeed and Karriem Riggins.

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