The Shining Renowned for working live instrumentation into his soul-sampling concoctions, Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla honed his distinctive organic sound until passing away at age 32… 2006-08-22 J Dilla Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

The Shining (2006)

Details Release Date: Aug 22, 2006; Lead Performance: J Dilla; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Renowned for working live instrumentation into his soul-sampling concoctions, Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla honed his distinctive organic sound until passing away at age 32 in February from a rare blood disease. Not just a slapdash posthumous CD, The Shining is a guest-fueled opus assembled largely by Dilla before his death. His warm, intimate style is highlighted throughout, especially on ''So Far to Go,'' a gorgeous ballad featuring floating coos from fellow enigmatic genius D'Angelo. Though bittersweet, the CD lives up to its mastermind's lofty legacy.

Originally posted Aug 18, 2006 Published in issue #893 Aug 25, 2006 Order article reprints
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