Six years (and one day) ago, J Dilla released what would be his final album of his life in the widely loved Donuts. While I could talk for hours about how important that album is and what it means to hip-hop heads, I’ll just stick to the news surrounding its possible sequels.
In an interview with Complex, Stones Throw leader Peanut Butter Wolf revealed that there are several other Donuts-esque instrumental projects that J Dilla completed prior to his passing. The only problem is that it’s unclear when and if we’ll hear them. The same goes for his MCA album, Pay Jay, that has been tied up in label/legal issues since 2003.
You can read portions of the interview below, but head over to Complex to read the whole thing.
Does Stones Throw have plans to release any more Dilla projects?
We always talked about releasing—and we wouldn’t call it this—but a Donuts part two.
Dilla’s beat tapes always had these great titles, named after unhealthy food that he wasn’t allowed to eat. The doctors would always tell him that he couldn’t have Burger King, he couldn’t eat this, he couldn’t eat that. So he always named his beat tapes based around that. He had one that was really great that’s still unreleased called The Pizza Man—and we always wanted to do something with it.
It comes down to Ma Dukes, though. She makes all of the decisions, so it would have to come from her. She was with him in his final days and was sleeping on a cot in his room. She took care of him so much. If I was ever presented with doing something that would upset her, I just wouldn’t do it.