J Dilla’s lost vocal album “The Diary” is expected to arrive Friday, April 15th, but merely days before its posthumous release over a decade since its original release, a bonus track and iTunes-only cut featuring Nas called “The Sickness” has just surfaced ahead of the official street date.
Produced by Madlib, the two industry titans trade rhymes and verses over a tripped out beat that sounds just as fresh as it might have years ago. Originally slated to drop in 2002, Dilla’s “The Diary” succumbed to the late MC/producer’s former record label MCA and sample clearance issues. Notorious for working at such a rapid fire pace and not really stopping to legally cherry pick all of the official samples for one body of work, Dilla’s estate has now revived the project and it appears both Madlib and Nas were just the right touch to end the legal battle that might have caused “The Diary” to never see the light of day. Read more about the production of the album and why Madlib was Dilla’s choice via Rolling Stone.
Check it out below and let us know if you’ll be picking up your copy this week, too. J Dilla’s “The Diary” drops via Mass Appeal Records on Friday also features appearances from Bilal and Snoop Dogg.