Usually the idea of posthumous material is met with a sizable amount of skepticism, but this is J Dilla, not 2Pac, so we can probably rest a little easier. A new Dilla album, The Diary, will be released this spring, but this is a little different; it’s a vocal album. That’s right, The Diary will be entirely comprised on Dilla’s verses over other producer’s beats, with the exception of two tracks. Via Pitchfork:
The Diary is a collection of Dilla’s raps over production by Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins, and more. However, both “Anthem” and “Trucks” feature production by Dilla himself.
According to a press release, multi-track masters of both tracks were found on two-inch tape just after Dilla’s passing in 2006. They were finished by Dilla collaborator Dave Cooley for this release. The 12” features Dilla’s original mix of “Trucks”, which includes an extra verse and alternate vocals.
So, it’s not a total sure shot, but that roster seems pretty trustworthy, so at the very least, expect something special. A vinyl release of the first single, “Anthem” b/w “Trucks”, will be out April 15th and is available for pre-order now. Listen to “Anthem” below.