J Dilla’s imprint Pay Day is set to release a lost vocal album titled The Diary, which was completed in the early 2000s.
According to Pitchfork, the album sees the late musician rapping over production from Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and more. The project is currently without a release date, but is due this Spring.
In anticipation of the album’s release, Pay Day will release “Anthem” b/w “Trucks” on 12-inch vinyl on April 15th. Both previously unreleased tracks feature production from Dilla himself. Multi-track masters were found shortly after his death in 2006, and were finished by his collaborator Dave Cooley for this release.
Pre-order the “Anthem” vinyl here, and check the tracklist below.
02 Anthem (Instrumental)
03 Anthem (A Cappella)
05 Trucks (Instrumental)
06 Trucks (Dilla’s Original Mix)