It is an indisputable fact that the legendary J Dilla was one of the most gifted and prolific producers to ever grace the game. Even 10 years after his untimely passing, his work continues to feel fresh, invigorating and an ideal option for any wannabe emcee to spit over. Now, honing your rap skills has never been easier thanks to an instrumental version of his album The Diary that has surfaced online.
The Diary was an album that Dilla initially intended for release in 2002, but it has only now seen the light of day thanks to a remastering from producers like Madlib and Pete Rock that dropped back in April. It was a project that was a labor of love, featuring vocal contributions from the likes of Snoop Dogg and Nas paying tribute to the late icon. But this new instrumental version allows you to step right into their shoes, putting your own spin on the master’s touches.
Stream the instrumental rework of The Diary below via Soundcloud, or download it on iTunes to run it through your own studio.