J. Dilla‘s formerly shelved MCA album is finally going to see the light of day with an official release via Mass Appeal.
Originally slated for a 2002 release, The Diary is James Yancey’s first full solo release.
Welcome to Detroit, which dropped in 2001 on BBE, was more of a production showcase featuring regular collaborators like Frank-N-Dank, Phatkhat and Dwele.
Frank-N-Dank also appear on The Diary on a previously released joint, The Anthem, which differs sonically from the original, offering another perspective on a classic Dilla banger.
There are two guests on The Diary who you have never heard on an official Dilla record: Snoop Dogg and Nas, the latter whom also happens to have launched Mass Appeal’s music division.