J Dilla's 'The Shining' LP Getting Reissued As A Limited Edition 7" Box Set
Record producer and rapper J Dilla continues to be celebrated well after his death (this year marked the 10th anniversary of his untimely passing on February 10, 2006), with posthumous releases of his work having dropped since 2006 (the first one being The Shining). Now, fans will be able to get that album in the form of a limited edition 7" box set.
The reissue marks the 10th anniversary of The Shining, which was only three-quarters complete when the Detroit musician passed away. The album was given to fellow Detroit artist Karriem Riggins, who oversaw its completion that year. The final product ended up being a 12 track project that featured Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, Common, D'Angelo and Dwele. The box set will include all 12 singles and their instrumentals on the B-side. So if you weren't able to cop the instrumental version of The Shining that came out shortly after the album's release, you'll now be able to freestyle over another batch of great Dilla beats come August 26.
This year also marked the 10th anniversary of Jay Dee's highly acclaimed second studio album Donuts, which was reissued on vinyl earlier this year, as well as the second annual J Dilla Weekend festival, which featured performances from Black Thought, Jay Electronica, 9th Wonder, Rapsody and Bun B. If you're interested in hearing more of J Dilla: The Rapper, and not necessarily the producer, a lost-and-found album called The Diary dropped back in April. The sixth posthumous studio album serves as his first rap album since 2003's Ruff Draft and Champion Sound, and features him rapping over beats by Hi-Tek, Madlib and Pete Rock, as well as production of his own.
Mass Appeal even made a short documentary on the album, talking with some of the producers and engineers about how it all came about (there's even a very memorable anecdote from Dave Cooley, where he recounts Thom Yorke and Nigel Goodrich spinning "Fuck The Police"). Too bad we may never get to hear the Jay Dee beats that The Lonely Island got, though.