It looks like we will be hearing another posthumous album from J Dilla, who passed away in February 2006. Since his death, two records* have been released, The Shining and Jay Stay Paid, both of which offered new production from the late producer paired up with MCs ranging from Danny Brown to Blu to Common.
And now a third album, The Rebirth of Detroit, is apparently in the works that will serve as a dedication both to Dilla and his hometown of Detroit. It’s being curated by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, who sheds some light on the project in the above video.
We don’t know exactly who will be on the record or when it will drop, but apparently a majority of acts will be from the Motor City. She’s also made it clear that “it’s not a selfish thing.” The point, she said, is to give back to the city. She also clarified rumors that it would feature older material by saying that it will be filled with “entirely new, fresh ideas.” We’re looking forward to it, Ma Dukes.
* This doesn’t include the reissue of Ruff Draft.