It’s been over six years since one of the industry most’s gifted and influential talents passed away, but James Yancey aka Detroit production genius J Dilla, is set to continue his wonderful legacy to hip hop fans with yet another posthumous record.
Following a newly announced partnership between vintage hip hop label Delicious Vinyl and Yancey Media Group, the family-run company administering Dilla’s catalogue, we can expect to hear an assortment of previously unheard Jay Dee music in the coming months, collectively named The Lost Scrolls, in the words of J Dilla Music Catalogue Curator, Frank Nitt.
The first release from the considerable body of work which Jay Dee left behind will be the single “The Throwaway,” which drops as a digital-only single in December. The track features new verses from Dilla’s younger brother John “Illa J” Yancey and a hook from Frank Nitt over an unheard J Dilla beat.
A 10-inch vinyl with the producer rapping over his own handiwork will follow some time next year, as will the official release of the frequently bootlegged Frank and Dank album 48 Hours, the only one of Dilla’s LPs that doesn’t feature any samples, and already a hit amongst his fans.
A number of critically-acclaimed studio LPs by Jay Dee have already dropped since he succumbed to the blood disease TTP in ’06. Just days before his death, his instrumental masterpiece Donuts was released, whilst The Shining, another project which was 75% complete at Dilla’s death, came out later year.
The beatmaker has also been the subject of various tribute records, with two compilations coming out this year alone: Mahogani’s Dillatroit and Rebirth of Detroit, which featured the likes of Danny Brown, Chuck Inglish and Boldy James rapping over some of his beats.
Have a listen to a vintage Dilla production below, and look forward to some more of his music soon.