The Shining (J Dilla album)

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The Shining
Studio album by J Dilla
Released August 22, 2006
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Hip hop
Length 36:25
Label BBE Records
Producer J Dilla, Madlib, Karriem Riggins, J. Rocc
J Dilla chronology
Donuts EP: J. Rocc's Picks
(2006)
The Shining
(2006)
Jay Deelicious: The Delicious Vinyl Years
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B+[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
NOW 5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (7.4/10)[6]
PopMatters (7/10)[7]
RapReviews (9.5/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
XXL 4/5 stars[10]

The Shining is the second official solo album from hip hop producer and rapper J Dilla, who died February 10, 2006. The Shining was incomplete at the time of J Dilla's passing and was posthumously completed. Discounting the instrumental album Donuts, The Shining was the first full-length solo release by J Dilla (featuring vocals) since Welcome 2 Detroit five years earlier, and as such was highly anticipated. It was released on August 22, 2006 through BBE Records. An instrumental version of the album followed its release shortly afterward.

Background[edit]

In the works for many years under working titles such as the rumored Welcome 2 LA, Dilla's manager, Tim Maynor, said in November 2005 that The Shining would come out in February 2006 on BBE and that the Dilla self-titled album would follow in the same year.[11] As the album was ultimately only 75% complete at the time of J Dilla's passing, his friend and fellow Detroit hip-hop artist Karriem Riggins was entrusted by Dilla's mother for the completion and handling of the record. Riggins himself has indicated that there will be further future releases of Dilla's music in the coming years, stating that "all of his music needs to be heard".[12]

A few of the tracks on The Shining are vocal versions of previously heard material such as "So Far to Go" (Donuts track "Bye" revamped and extended to serve as an intended remix to Common's "Go!"). This song was originally to be released by Common during the last quarter of 2005, as part of a Be special edition package. In 2007, an alternate version of "So Far to Go" containing new verses and a new mix was released on Common's Finding Forever album.

Dilla features some of his past collaborators, such as the aforementioned Common on two songs, Busta Rhymes, D'Angelo, Madlib, and Black Thought on the LP. The closing track, "Won't Do", is the only song to feature Dilla rhyming by himself. He does however also rhyme on "Baby" together with Madlib and Guilty Simpson and provide the chorus for "E=Mc2". "Won't Do" was also issued as a single (as The Shining EP2), accompanied by a video that premiered on December 12, 2006. The video included appearances by Common, Slum Village, will.i.am, Frank-N-Dank, Karriem Riggins, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, and J Dilla's younger brother, John Yancey (aka Illa J).

A promo single called "Love", featuring Pharoahe Monch, was leaked onto the internet sometime in February 2006. The album itself was scheduled for an August 2006 release to allow time for the completion of a bonus DVD that was due to be attached to each retail copy produced by Brian "B. Kyle" Atkins of Okayplayer Films.[13] Eventually, however, it was decided to release the two separately, with the DVD following the album. To date, the documentary has not been released. The album received generally positive reviews and debuted at #103 in its first week of release according to Billboard. An instrumental version of the album soon followed.

The advance copy of the album contains samples from The Shining over the tracks to prevent sharing. These samples are not in the retail version but the advance copy is available on the internet, leading many to believe that the samples are part of the album.

Tracklisting[edit]

Album cover for the instrumental version of The Shining

1. "Geek Down" (featuring Busta Rhymes)

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Written by Busta Rhymes (T. Smith), published by T'Ziah Music / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI)
Mixed by Bob Power.
Busta Rhymes appears courtesy of Flipmode Entertainment / Aftermath Entertainment / Interscope Records
Contains a sample of "Beethoven's 5th" played on the kazoo.

2. "E=MC²" (featuring Common)

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Written by Common (L. Lynn)
Published by Senseless Music / Universal Music Publishing Group (BMI)
Cuts by J. Rocc. Mixed by Dave Cooley
Common appears courtesy of GOOD Music / Geffen Records
Contains a sample of "E=mc²" by Giorgio Moroder.

3. "Love Jones"

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Drums by Karriem Riggins, Trumpet by Dontae Winslow and Rhodes & Nord lead by J Dilla
Mixed by Dave Cooley.
Recorded by agdm
Contains a sample of "Humpty Dumpty", as performed by Marc Moulin

4. "Love" (featuring Pharoahe Monch)

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Written by Pharoahe Monch (T. Jamerson)
Published by Trescadecaphobia Music (BMI)
Additional vocals by Shotyme & La
Mixed by Dave Cooley
Pharoahe Monch appears courtesy of SRC Records
Contains a sample from "We Must be in Love" by The Five Stairsteps.
Contains a sample from "We Must be in Love" by The Impressions.

5. "Baby" (featuring Madlib & Guilty Simpson)

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions and Madlib (O. Jackson Jr.)
Published by Copyright Control
Written by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions and Guilty Simpson (B. Simpson)
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP) and Copyright Control (BMI)
Mixed & Tracked by Dave Cooley
Contains a sample of "Maybe It's Love This Time", as performed by The Stylistics
Madlib appears courtesy of Stones Throw Records

6. "So Far to Go" (featuring Common & D'Angelo)

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Written by Common (L. Lynn) and D'Angelo (D. Archer)
Published by Senseless Music / Universal Music Publishing Group (BMI) and Ah Choo Music Publishing / Universal *Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Mixed by Dave Cooley
Common appears courtesy of GOOD Music / Geffen Records
D'Angelo appears courtesy of Virgin Records America
Contains a sample from "Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love)" by The Isley Brothers.

7. "Jungle Love" (featuring M.E.D. & Guilty Simpson)

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Written by Guilty Simpson (B. Simpson) and MED (N. Jackson)
Published by Copyright Control (BMI)
Drums by Karriem Riggins and Octave cat & Tambourine by J Dilla
Mixed by Dave Cooley
Recorded by agdm
M.E.D. appears courtesy of Stones Throw Records

8. "Over the Breaks"

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions and Karriem Riggins
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP) and Karriem Riggins Music (ASCAP)
Triton bass line by Karriem Riggins and J Dilla on the Micro Korg
Contains a sample of "Does Anybody Know I'm Here", as performed by The Dells

9. "Body Movin’" (featuring J. Rocc & Karriem Riggins)

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions, Karriem Riggins and J. Rocc
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP), Karriem Riggins Music (ASCAP) and Copyright Control
Drums and solo on the Korg MS20 by Karriem Riggins, Autoharp / bass line on the Octave cat by J Dilla, cuts by J.Rocc
Recorded by agdm
Additional tracking by Kelly Hibbert
Mixed by Dave Cooley

10. "Dime Piece (Remix)" (featuring Dwele)

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Written by Dwele (A. Gardner), published by Emi April Music Inc (ASCAP)
Mixed by J Dilla.

11. "Love Movin’" (featuring Black Thought)

Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Written by Black Thought (T. Trotter)
Published by Careers Bmg Music Publishing (BMI)
Drums by Karriem Riggins, Bass and Guitar by J Dilla
Mixed by Bob Power
Black Thought appears courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

12. "Won't Do"

Written and Produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) for Pay-J Productions
Published by E P H C Y Publishing / Universal Music Publishing Group (ASCAP)
Additional tracking by Kelly Hibbert
Mixed by Dave Cooley.
Contains a sample from "Footsteps In The Dark" by The Isley Brothers, and "Alfie" by Dick Hyman.[14]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions
Billboard 200 Top Independent Albums Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
2006 The Shining 103 9 35

Credits[edit]

  • Executive Producers: James ‘Dilla’ Yancey and Karriem Riggins
  • Co-Executive Producers: Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey, Tim Maynor, Eddie ‘Bladow!’ Bezalel and Peter ‘Monty Burns’ Adarkwah
  • A&R: Eddie ‘Bladow!’ Bezalel
  • Art Direction & Design: Mazik 72 Saevitz for Self & Upendo Taylor for Leroy Jenkins
  • Mastering: Dave Cooley
  • Photography: Johnny Tergo
  • Management for J Dilla: Tim Maynor
  • Management for Karriem Riggins: Jason Barber
  • US Press Promotions - Backspin Promotions: Gamall Awad 718.399.1632

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