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J Dilla – The Introduction (Prod. by J Dilla and House Shoes)


Mass Appeal has announced the posthumous release of J Dilla’s uncompleted project containing the final batch of unissued material. It’s fitting that The Diary will be released ten years after his death and spans the various stages of his careeer. The album which showcases both his production skill and his lyrical prowess has features from Nottz, Bilal, Snoop Dog among others and additional production from House Shoes. The Diary will drop on April 15th with two exclusive tracks only available via iTunes. Track list follows. Check it out!

Pre-order on iTunes:


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
15. Bonus Track 1 [iTunes Exclusive] 16. Bonus Track 2 [iTunes Exclusive]

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House Shoes – The King James (Version III) (KJVIII)

Detroit native and DJ House Shoes recently dropped this fly mix of Dilla breaks with rarities mixed throughout. When he isn’t being an anti fuckboy activist, he’s doing his best to preserve the legacy that James built. I have to say, he’s done a pretty good job at it and as a consulting agent for Maw Dukes. Do the knowledge on his The Gift series and previous releases and show some support however you can. Follow him on his twitter account for some hip hop blunt reality. RIP JAY DEE.

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Maxx Julian – Higher Stakes (J Dilla Tribute)


So, on top of it being Superbowl Weekend, it was also J Dilla Weekend, celebrating the life and works of the late great producer out of Detroit. The homie Maxx Julian dropped this tribute over the weeekend and definitely worth the post. Check it out.

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Nas – The Season (Produced by J.Dilla)


A lot of people have been anticipating this track since Nas previewed it at the Run The Jewels concert (what up Killer Mike and El-p!).
Now Nas liberated the studio version of “The Season”.
On this Track you find Nas rapping over a J.Dilla production called “Gobstopper” from his Donuts Instrumental LP.
I’ve always wanted to hear some of the Hip Hop greats to rap over this Beat and the fact that Nas did this makes me want to hear an entire (official) project like that.

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