Jay Stay Paid

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Jay Stay Paid
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 2, 2009
Recorded2003–2006 (J Dilla's vocals)
GenreHip hop, instrumental hip hop
LabelNature Sounds
ProducerJ Dilla, Ma Dukes (exec.)
J Dilla chronology
Jay Deelicious: The Delicious Vinyl Years
Jay Stay Paid
Singles from Jay Stay Paid
  1. "Reality Check"
    Released: May 12, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubA-[3]
Robert ChristgauB+[4]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
URB4.5/5 stars[9]

Jay Stay Paid is a studio album by album by American hip hop producer and rapper J Dilla. It was released as a posthumous album on June 2, 2009 under Nature Sounds.[11] Despite the fact that the album has contributing vocals from several artists, it is roughly classified as an instrumental hip hop album.


The album is a 28 track collection of unreleased Dilla beats mixed and arranged by Pete Rock. Although Jay Stay Paid is mostly instrumental, it includes guests vocals from several artists that Dilla worked with or admired, such as Black Thought, Havoc, Raekwon, MF DOOM, and M.O.P. It was executive produced by Dilla's mother Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey along with the musical supervision of Dilla's musical idol, Pete Rock. In regard to the album's feel and direction Ma Dukes stated:

Art Direction and illustrations for Jay Stay Paid were contributed by world-renowned graphic artist Mike Orduna (Fatoe) for Fatoe.com.

In promotion for the album, the Beat Junkies released a free sampler of the album.[13]

The format of the album plays like a radio show with Pete Rock as the program director. With regards to Pete's involvement, Ms. Yancey gets very excited, “Dilla wanted to pattern himself behind Pete. His dream was to become as close as possible to what Pete stood for. Pete meant everything to him. Dilla would have just been flabbergasted! ” Pete's sentiments were the same toward Dilla, “Dude was amazing. He just kinda came outta nowhere and the more you heard his beats the better they got. He may not be here with us, but it’s all good we’re going to keep his music alive and well.”

In the 1990s, Dilla founded the rap group Slum Village and put Detroit hip-hop on the map, while also playing a major role in the production team The Ummah with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad doing extensive work on Tribe Called Quest's last two albums.

The album debuted at the No. 96 on the Billboard charts with a total of 5,400 copies sold in its first week.[14]

In July 2009, video director Derek Pike shot a video for the single "24k Rap" featuring Havoc and Raekwon.

Track listing[edit]


# Title Featuring Time Sample(s)
1 KJay FM Dedication Pete Rock 0:56 *"King of the Beats" by Mantronix, "Theme from Hurricane David" by R. Stevie Moore
2 King 1:28 *"A Treatise on Cosmic Fire: Intro - Prana" by Todd Rundgren
3 I Told Yall 2:49 *"Basketball Throwdown" by The Cold Crush Brothers
4 Lazer Gunne Funke 1:21 *"King of the Beats" by Mantronix
5 In The Night (Owl N Out) / While You Slept (I Crept) 2:00
6 Smoke Blu 2:09 *"King of the Beats" by Mantronix and *"The Fairy Garden" by Isao Tomita
7 Blood Sport Lil' Fame 2:58
8 CaDILLAc 2:01
9 Expensive Whip 1:25
10 Kaklow (Jump On It) 0:56 *"1984 (Part 1)" by Anthony Phillips
11 Digi Dirt Phat Kat 0:54
12 Dilla Bot Vs. The Hybrid Danny Brown & Constantine 2:24
13 Milk Money 1:27 *"Snow Creatures" by Quincy Jones
"Make the Move" (Caddyshack soundtrack) by Kenny Loggins
14 Spacecowboy Vs. Bobble Head 2:38 *"Let the Sunshine In" by Mort Garson
15 Reality Check Black Thought 2:40 *"Bup Ba Bup Bup Ba Ba Ba" by J Dilla
Also known as "Reality TV"
16 On Stilts 1:26 *"Talybont" by Gentle Giant
17 Fire Wood Drumstix DOOM 1:31 *"Hey Hey Hey Heyyyy" by J Dilla
18 Glamour Sho75 (09) 3:02
19 10,000 Watts 1:42 *"Thief's Theme"* by Nas
20 9th Caller 1:53 *"Oh No I Don't Believe It" by Fraternity of Man
21 Make It Fast (Unadulterated Mix) Diz Gibran 5:01 *"Rock N Roll" by J Dilla
22 24K Rap Havoc & Raekwon 4:22 *"(Don't Want No) Woman" by Lee Michaels
23 Big City 1:02
24 Pay Day Frank Nitty of Frank n Dank 1:25
25 See That Boy Fly Illa J & Cue D 3:44 *"Flyyyyy" by J Dilla
26 Coming Back 1:13 *"The Affair" by Brother to Brother (1974)
27 Mythsysizer 1:44
28 KJay & We Out Pete Rock 1:58 *"The Wisdom of Time" by The Supremes
29 Make It Fast (Vinyl Bonus Track) Bun B & Termanology 2:48


  1. ^ "Reviews for Jay Stay Paid by J Dilla aka Jay Dee". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 2015-01-19. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (2009-06-09). "The A.V. Club review". Avclub.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-14. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Music.msn.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  5. ^ "Los Angeles Times review". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2009-06-09. Archived from the original on 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  6. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". Pitchfork.com. 2009-06-02. Archived from the original on 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  7. ^ Martin, Andrew. "PopMatters review". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review[dead link]
  9. ^ URB review Archived June 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "XXL review". Xxlmag.com. 2009-06-02. Archived from the original on 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  11. ^ AllMusic information
  12. ^ "Amazon information". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  13. ^ "Nahright". Nahright. 2009-05-13. Archived from the original on 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  14. ^ "Update: Eminem Comes Close To Platinum Status, New CDs From AZ & Torae Fail To Chart". Xxlmag.Com. 2009-06-10. Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  15. ^ "Nahright". Nahright. 2009-05-12. Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2014-02-20.

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