Late, great producer and sometime emcee J Dilla is considered by some the greatest beatmaker of all time. His masterpiece, Donuts
, completed from a hospital bed in the final months of the artist's life, redefined the instrumental hip-hop album. Jay Stay Paid
, J Dilla's latest posthumous release, follows much the same formula as Donuts
, cramming almost 30 beats onto one album. The results are successful, offering more straight-forward hip-hop than Donuts
. Jay Stay Paid
features the occasional rapper who, thanks to tight oversight by J Dilla's mother, Ma Dukes, and Dilla mentor Pete Rock, serve the producer's legacy well. While many of these instrumentals have been widely circulated online from leaked beat CDs, it's refreshing to hear them polished up and properly presented, even though the packaging offers little info to the listener.