Published Apr 05, 2016Ten years on from the death of hip-hop producer J Dilla, his music is still very much in demand. In addition to an upcoming, posthumous collection called The Diary, his Fan-Tas-Tic work as part of Detroit's Slum Village is being compiled for a deluxe box set release.
The Fan-Tas-Tic Box: A Jay-Dee Production is due in early May through Get On Down and features a mix of previously released material and exclusives that covers Dilla's time as the band's producer and an MC alongside Baatin and T3. During this period, Dilla was known as Jay Dee.
Comprising four CDs and five 7-inch singles, the collection starts with Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1, which had been recorded in the mid-'90s and passed around in the underground before seeing an official release through Counterflow in 2005. Also included is 2000's follow-up effort, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 2. The albums are being preserved in full on separate CDs and accentuated with a swell of album-appropriate bonus mixes, remixes and instrumentals on a third CD.
The fourth CD features everything from Slum Village's "Things You Do" and "Get It Together" collabs with Madlib, to a Pete Rock remix of "Once Upon a Time," to select cuts from the group's Best Kept Secret EP, which was recorded as J-88.
Additionally, the box includes 7-inch singles housing the group's "Raise It Up," "I Don't Know," "Fall in Love," "Fall in Love Remix" and "Players." These all come housed in a flip-top box, which also stores a book featuring liner notes, photos and more.
You can pre-order The Fan-Tas-Tic Box: A Jay-Dee Production over here.
As for The Diary, that record features previously unreleased Dilla material and includes guest spots from Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Frank and Dank, and more. It hits stores April 15 through Mass Appeal Records and the next day on vinyl as part of Record Store Day.