J-Dilla had managed to produce a lot of instrumental tracks before his death, but his work was far from done. This lost LP called “The Diary” shows the many directions that he could have gone in as more people became familiar with his work. He will continue to be a mourned like other hip hop artists that were gone too soon. The beat makers of today like Pete Rock, Just Blaze, Kanye West and Swizz Beats are still talking about all that they have learned from J-Dilla.
He was rather young when he passed, but Dilla has managed to touch a lot of lives. He produced tracks for Jill Scott, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and Common. He was also part of Slum Village, and his production would extend quite far with this group as well. The work that he has done with “The Diary” proves that he still had more to bring to the table. People like Dwele would have get beats from Dilla. QuestLove would find a common bond with J-Dilla and go on to produce tracks with him. This was all a part of the charm of J-Dilla. He seemed to connect with a lot of different people. This was all a part of his ability to move from one type of sound to another.
There are tons of people have have paid tribute to J-Dilla, but his lost album is like a breath of fresh air. This is a moment to hear what Dilla’s world sounded like. “The Diary” comes across as another learning experience. This is another collection of tracks that makes people see how interesting his production was.