J Dilla may be gone, but the commodification of his death still continues. Not that it's a bad thing. Having copped the Shepard Fairey/B+ poster and other Dilla memorbalia, I'm extremely supportive of anything honoring Dilla if the monies go to helping Maureen Yancey (aka "Ma Dukes"). Sadly, Maureen also is suffering from lupus, which killed her son three years ago.
A J Dilla tribute disc, titled Jay $tays Paid (due June 2), is 24-song compilation featuring unreleased instrumentals by the late beat maestro. Among the artists spitting rhymes over Dilla beats are The Roots' Black Thought, M.O.P., Pharoahe Monch, MF Doom, Blu and many others.
The collection is executive produced by Maureen Yancey and J Dilla's musical idol, legendary studio maverick Pete Rock. "Dilla wanted to pattern himself behind Pete," says Ms. Yancey. "His dream was to become as close as possible to what Pete stood for. Pete meant everything to him. Pete adds, "[Dilla] may not be here with us, but it's all good we're going to keep his music alive and well."
Check out the set's first single, "Reality Check" (featuring Black Thought), right HERE.
(Props to MOOVMT)