This February marked three years since J Dilla’s passing, three years which could have been his most productive, coming up as he was at the time of his death. In the absence of his dedicated and prolific work methods, the world has seen a few posthumous releases – legitimately or not, people have scoured Dilla’s hard drives for fully formed and casual ideas alike. Ultimately, releases done with the right intentions have been welcomed warmly, The Shining and Ruff Draft among them, and now Jay Stay Paid, a 25 track collection of beats executive produced by none other than "Ma Dukes" a.k.a. Dilla’s mother, who was extremely close to her son during his final moments and during the recording of the classic Donuts. If that isn’t cred enough, Jay Stay Paid was culled under the musical supervision of acclaimed producer Pete Rock, who was high up in Jay Dee’s mind when it came to beat production.
Mixed and arranged by Pete Rock, the album is mostly instrumental, but features a few familiar voices such as Black Thought and MF Doom (who has recently added his voice to one or two other Dilla beats in various contexts). It comes out June 2 on the Natural Sounds label.