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J Dilla: Jay Stay Paid

J Dilla Jay Stay Paid (Nature Sounds) In his last years, James “J Dilla” Yancey’s MPC3000 must’ve acted like a respirator. Since losing a three-year battle with lupus in February 2006, the legendary producer’s unreleased material has proved fruitful enough for four posthumous albums. Dilla’s latest, the head-spinning Jay Stay Paid, is loaded with macabre samples and souped-up break beats, mixed and sequenced by Pete Rock and featuring a scattered array of worthy guest MCs. Talk about easy money. The biggest compliment that Jay Stay Paid earns is that the album could’ve thrived just as well without any verses. Dilla’s instrumentals are layered enough ...

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