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Boom Moment In Hip-Hop

On this date in 2009, J Dilla posthumous album, Jay Stay Paid, was released and mixed like a radio show by Pete Rock. It was released on Nature Sounds, and was Dilla’s fourth album overall. Even though vocals were contributed from several artists, it is classified as an instrumental hip-hop album.

The album is a 28 track collection of unreleased Dilla beats mixed and arranged by Pete Rock. Though the project is mostly instrumentals, it includes vocals from Black Thought, Havoc, Raekwon, MF DOOM, and M.O.P.

The album was executive produced by Dilla’s mother Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey along with Pete Rock.

“Dilla wanted to pattern himself behind Pete. His dream was to become as close as possible to what Pete stood for. Pete meant everything to him. Dilla would have just been flabbergasted!”