J Dilla
Jay Stay Paid


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2009 | 33 replies | 12,429 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: J Dilla remains consistent as always.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

To a casual fan of hip-hop the name J-Dilla may not mean a lot. If you’re more interested in Anticon or Wu-Tang than the genre as a whole 'Jay Stay Paid' may not be a big deal. Change that. Like every genre hip-hop's gems are found underneath the rough and Dilla’s work puts him in the position of being the most influential and progressive producer in the last twenty years. His story is just as long and detailed as his career but to address that is a discredit to what 'Jay Stay Paid' represents. Jay Dee may be gone but his music continues to impress and expand itself to new audiences. Most of the tracks on this record are seemingly works in progress. The guest list fits perfectly with artists like DOOM, Havoc (Mobb Depp), and Black Thought all stepping into help create a darker and more diverse record.

Jay Dee’s strength has always been his ability to create musically complex beats that work on both a basic and layered level. For example electronic artists like Flying Lotus continually sing the praises of Dilla for his constant attention to detail and musicality. His work with fellow Detroit group Frank-N-Dank saw him exploring usage of minimal effects and layers to create more to the point material. Dilla pretty much finessed this sound with 'Donuts'. 'Jay Stay Paid' attempts to explore that evolution though it is posthumous material. 'King', 'Mythsysizer', and 'In The Night/While You Slept (I Crept)' all focus on creating lush soundscapes in a hip-hop setting. ‘9th Caller’ mixes vintage guitar strokes over a pulsing beat. Dilla’s penchant for self styled strip club jams comes out in ‘CaDILLAc. ‘Spacecowboy vs. Bobble Head’ transitions itself through various sounds and finally closes out with a soulful finale. Jay Dee adapts equal parts of the Wu-Tang and New York sound into the more bass heavy Detroit style on ‘24K Rap’. Raekwon and Havoc both also appear on '24K Rap' which even adds to the strength of it. Other key vocal additions on the record are Blu on 'Smoke' and Black Thought on 'Reality TV'. While the majority of ‘Jay Stay Paid’ is instrumental this is clearly a hip-hop record and the addition of such high quality lyricists is welcomed. Mixing everything from Asian sounding melodies with soundclips of waves 'Coming Back' acts as a true definition of why Dilla will always remain the greatest of all time.

Is 'Jay Stay Paid' the most alarmingly original record of 2009? No, this is a collection of recycled material and sounds as such. Though subtle factors like J Dilla’s hero Pete Rock cutting the album and Illa J's appearance help it retain the artist’s respect. Similar to UGK's '4 Life' earlier this year Dilla's friends, family, and admirers have created a(nother) great tribute to one of hip-hop's great.



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gaslightanthem
June 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


28 tracks? I'm guessing a lot of these are shortish to medium length songs

out of interest around about how many have guest vocals?

HenchmanOfSanta
June 3rd 2009



1858 Comments


J Dillon = J Dilla?

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Meatplow
June 3rd 2009



5524 Comments


I remember him off 90210 but I don't really care for his work as a whole.

HighandDriving
June 3rd 2009



3288 Comments


J Dilla Rest In Peace

AlexTM510
June 3rd 2009



1400 Comments


Another J Dilla release? Sweet, must check this out.

scyther
June 3rd 2009



1606 Comments


This album is amazing, but I don't really like any of the vocal tracks.

NortherlyNanook
June 3rd 2009



1285 Comments


album is as good as i could hope, and i hoped for greatness

jrowa001
June 3rd 2009



8750 Comments


loved Donuts. need to get this

sgrevs
June 4th 2009



698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jay Dee adapts equal parts of the Wu-Tang and New York sound into the more bass heavy Detroit style


A good summary of most of the album I think. Nice review, album rules.

Brownnotes24
June 4th 2009



107 Comments


nice i must check this out

kitsch
June 4th 2009



5107 Comments


should check this, hasnt been a decent hip hop release this year.

cept for pos

and pax and pry

wait a minute....

tarethere
June 4th 2009



184 Comments


Mixing everything from Asian sounding melodies with soundclips of waves 'Coming Back' acts as a true definition of why Dilla will always remain the greatest of all time.
hyperbole

foreverendeared
June 4th 2009



14678 Comments


if it's a hyperbole then it's intended and therefore not necessary to point out as a hyperbole

iarescientists
June 4th 2009



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dilla is the greatest of all-time

BSX
June 5th 2009



1633 Comments


I'll take anyone over Lil Wayne

stuartdfc
June 5th 2009



5 Comments


Have never listened to the guy before. Might take the opportunity.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
June 5th 2009



1588 Comments


Really digging Blood Sport, Dilla Bot Vs. The Hybrid & I Told Y'all.

Great album.

rasputin
June 8th 2009



14540 Comments


cool album.

KittensandScorpions
June 11th 2009



172 Comments


I gotta check this out.

gaslightanthem
June 11th 2009



5209 Comments


ya rules



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