J Dilla figure by Pay Jay

j-dilla.com December 2, 2014

Exclusive pre-order at Rappcats.com for February 2015 release

The J Dilla Figure is an official Pay Jay Productions release, produced under the oversight of the Estate of James Yancey.

The Figure was conceived and rendered by Detroit artist Sintex, designed and sculpted by Seoul-based toy artist P2PL. It was manufactured by Blitzway on behalf of Pay Jay. It is a collaborative release with Stussy, whose logo is officially licensed.

The Figure is 7.5″ tall. The Figure’s hat, sampler and chain are removable and the Figure’s arms articulate. The Figure comes in a custom designed box, wrapped in paper to best attempt to protect the box from rubbing in shipping. The Figure comes in a clamshell case inside the box. Please note that the box is for the protection of the Figure during transportation and is not replaceable if damaged.

Pay Jay Productions was founded by J Dilla (James Yancey). The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.

J Dilla’s equipment donated to the Smithsonian

j-dilla.com July 23, 2014

James “J Dilla” Yancey is now enshrined in the Smithsonian as part of the collection at the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

J Dilla’s custom-made Mini Moog Voyager synthesizer and Akai MIDI Production Center 3000 Limited Edition have been donated to the museum by his mother, Maureen Yancey. They will be part of the “Musical Crossroads” exhibit when the museum opens in 2016.

“Musical Crossroads” will be one of the museum’s 11 inaugural exhibitions, and will also feature artists like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Berry, George Clinton and Chuck D.

Smithsonian website: J Dilla Hip-Hop Collection Donated to National Museum of African American History and Culture

Magnif – The Shining Pt. 2

j-dilla.com July 3, 2014

In 2004, with Lawless Element, Magnif released “The Shining” produced by J Dilla. Ten years later, he releases “The Shining Pt. 2″ with J Dilla production, officially licensed by the Estate of James Yancey and Pay Jay Productions.

J Dilla – Give Em What They Want

j-dilla.com June 10, 2014

On sale – J DILLA – GIVE ‘EM WHAT THEY WANT

From Dilla’s long-lost (and still tangled) album The Diary, “Give ‘Em What They Want,” 12-inch on clear vinyl with five tracks produced in 2002 by J Dilla and Supa Dave West, on Pay Jay Productions.

Dilla set out in 2002 to record an album collaborating with his favorite producers, and Supa Dave West was among them. The first two vocal tracks on this record are built around the same lyrics – “Give ‘Em What They Want” produced by Dilla and “The Doe” produced by West are typical of how he would re-record a track, changing his delivery to fit another producer’s beat.

The last vocal track “So Far,” also produced by Supa Dave West, will be familiar to some fans of MP3 bootlegs. On this record, it’s mastered for the first time by Dave Cooley, who worked on Donuts, The Shining and Ruff Draft.

Thanks to James & Karla Murray for the cover photo, from their book Store Front (Ginko Press). The label illustration is by Denise Nestor, based on a photo by B+. Sleeve by Jeff Jank. This was produced for reissue by Eothen Alapatt, with coordination from House Shoes, Henoch Moore and J Rocc.

Pay Jay Productions was founded by J Dilla (James Yancey). The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.

J Dilla by Denise Nestor at This Greedy Pig

j-dilla.com February 24, 2014

Dublin shop This Greedy Pig has two excellent J Dilla prints illustrated by Denise Nestor (based on the photograph by Brian “B+” Cross). One is black and white, and the other is a “frosted donut” print. This print is being sold in cooperation with The Estate of James Yancey and and image will be featured on the next J Dilla record, coming Spring 2014.

Link: J Dilla by Denise Nestor | J Dilla (Frosted) by Denise Nestor