Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 06:05:09
1) J Dilla Jay Stay Paid (Nature Sounds)
2) Eminem Relapse (Shady/Aftemath/Interscope)
3) Method Man & Redman Blackout! 2 (Def Jam)
4) Marco Polo & Torae Double Barrel (Duck Down)
5) Tiye Phoenix Half Woman/Half Amazing (Babygrande)
The number one album on this week's Amoeba Music hip-hop chart is from the late great J Dilla, aka Jay Dee, the Detroit producer and hip-hop talent who tragically died from Lupus three years ago. The new album Jay Stay Paid on Nature Sounds was produced by J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey (also suffering from Lupus) wtih Pete Rock acting as music supervisor of the project. The 28 track record is rich in beats of various styles and tempos and additionally features cameos from various emcees, including (his brother) Illa J, Mobb Deep, and Raekwon -- all guaranteed to appease the ever swelling base of Dilla fans.
And as seems to be the case with so many other deceased hip-hop acts, J Dilla continues to release a string of new albums posthumously. In addition to Jay Stay Paid, expect another J Dilla release coming soon. It is the second volume in the Dillanthology series on Rapster Records. Titled Dillanthology 2: Dilla's Remixes for Various Artists, the twelve track remix compilation, which will arrive in Amoeba on Tuesday, June 23rd, will feature Dilla's remixes for such artists De La Soul - "Stakes Is High" ft. Mos Def & Truth Enola (Remix), Busta Rhymes - "Whoo Ha" (Jay Dee Remix), The Pharcyde - "Y? (Be Like That)," Slum Village - "Fall In Love (Remix)," and Spacek as well as hard to find versions of tracks from The Artifacts and Masta Ace. For more info, click here.