Ma Dukes authorises the reissue of J Dilla's Jay Love Japan
Long sought after by completists, J Dilla's Jay Love Japan was inspired by one of the pioneering producer and rapper's favourite tour locations. Following his death in 2006 the album attained mythic status, circulating in bootleg form until the 2008 release of an official CD (now out of print).
To mark Mother's Day in the US, Dilla's mother Ma Dukes is to reissue Jay Loves Japan via her label Vintage Vibez Music Group. The 11 track collection of instrumentals and vocal tracks – the announcement of which follows news regarding the release of Dilla's lost vocal album The Diary – features appearances from Blu, Miguel, J*Davey, Ta'Raach, Exile, Baatin, among others. Listen below to an exclusive bonus track from the 7" flexi-disc to be included in the deluxe edition alongside the album on CD and vinyl plus an exclusive Jay Love Japan T-shirt.
J Dilla's Jay Love Japan will be released by Vintage Vibez Music Group on 6 May. Read an exclusive online feature on J Dilla here. Subscribers to The Wire can read Jordan Ferguson's J Dilla Primer via the online archive.