The Shining (J Dilla album)

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The Shining
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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
(2006)Donuts2006
The Shining
(2006)
Ruff Draft
(Reissue)
(2007)Ruff Draft2007
The Shining: Instrumentals
Cover for the instrumental version
Cover for the instrumental version
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB+[3]
HipHopDX4.5/5 stars[4]
Now5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media7.4/10[6]
PopMatters7/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Stylus MagazineB-[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5 stars[10]
XXLXL[11]

The Shining is the third studio album by American hip hop recording artist 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 newly recorded 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.[12] 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".[13]

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 in February 2006, days after J.Dilla's death. Plans for the album's retail release was accelerated and scheduled for April 2006. Video Producer/Director Brian "B.Kyle" Atkins of Okayplayer Films [14] was in the process of putting together a production consisting of exclusive footage he had shot with J.Dilla... a project which the label heard about and wanted as a bonus DVD to accompany each retail copy of the album. Eventually, however, it was decided to release the two separately. In honor of J.Dilla, Brian "B.Kyle" Atkins created the production entitled J.Dilla: Still Shining, which was made available to J.Dilla fans online, for free, at www.TheJDillaProject.com and YouTube. 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.

Influence and legacy[edit]

J Dilla was well known for being experimental, which influenced contemporary musicians who grew up listening to his music. Because he usually chose to enter beats manually on a drum machine rather than quantizing, he developed a behind the beat style that has caught on with young jazz musicians who are now incorporating it into their music as well.[15] J Dilla was also among the first main stream artists to experiment with tonality in such a liberal way, which is now becoming more apparent in modern electronic music and even pop music.

At the time of its release, "The Shining" was widely considered J DIlla's last opus as it showcased his broad set of talents, showcasing his ability to create distinct beats that would complement each performer that he worked with. The album showed off the growth that he made before his passing by seamlessly showcasing his great experimental nature in different ways throughout this album.[16]

Reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, The Shining received an average score of 80% based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

It ranked at number 35 on Spin's "40 Best Albums of 2006" list.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, Information is based on Liner notes[18]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Geek Down" (featuring Busta Rhymes)James "J Dilla" Yancey, Busta RhymesJ Dilla1:53
2."E=MC²" (featuring Common)James Yancey, Lonnie R. LynnJ Dilla3:17
3."Love Jones"James YanceyJ Dilla1:01
4."Love" (featuring Pharoahe Monch)James Yancey, Pharoahe MonchJ Dilla3:14
5."Baby" (featuring Madlib and Guilty Simpson)James Yancey, Guilty SimpsonJ Dilla, Madlib3:28
6."So Far to Go" (featuring Common and D'Angelo)James Yancey, Lonnie R. Lynn, Michael "D'Angelo" Archer, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley Jr., Marvin Isley, Ernie Isley, Chris JasperJ Dilla5:36
7."Jungle Love" (featuring MED and Guilty Simpson)James Yancey, Guilty Simpson, MEDJ Dilla2:44
8."Over the Breaks"James YanceyJ Dilla, Karriem Riggins2:14
9."Body Movin'" (featuring J. Rocc and Karriem Riggins)James Yancey, Karriem Riggins, J. RoccJ Dilla, Karriem Riggins, J. Rocc2:17
10."Dime Piece (Remix)" (featuring Dwele)James Yancey, Andwele “Dwele” GardnerJ Dilla3:15
11."Love Movin'" (featuring Black Thought)James Yancey, Tariq “Black Thought” TrotterJ Dilla3:34
12."Won't Do"James YanceyJ Dilla3:52

Personnel[edit]

  • J Dilla - vocals (rap on 2, 5, 12, sung by on 12), tambourine (7), Rhodes electric piano (3), Nord Lead synthesizer (3), Octave Cat synthesizer (7, 9), Micro Korg synthesizer (8), guitar (11), bass played by (11), audio mixing (10)
  • Black Thought - rap vocals (11)
  • Busta Rhymes - rap vocals (1)
  • Common - rap vocals (6, additional on 2)
  • Dave Cooley - audio mixing (2-7, 9, 12), recording engineer (5)
  • D'Angelo - vocals (sung by) (6)
  • Dwele - vocals (10)
  • Kelly Hibbert - recording engineer (9, 12)
  • Mela "L.A." Machinko - additional background vocals (4)
  • Madlib - additional rap vocals (5)
  • M.E.D. - rap vocals (7)
  • Pharoahe Monch - lead vocals (4)
  • Bob Power - audio mixing (1, 11)
  • Karriem Riggins - drums (3, 9, 11), Triton synthesizer (8), Korg synth (9), bass programming
  • J. Rocc - DJ scratches (2, 9)
  • Shotyme - additional background vocals (4)
  • Guilty Simpson - rap vocals (7, additional on 5)
  • Dontae Winslow - trumpet (3)

Sample Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard 200[citation needed] 103
Top Independent Albums[citation needed] 9
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[29] 35

References[edit]

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