Rah Digga’s Lost Album Featuring J Dilla & No I.D. Production Has Been Released (Audio)
There were 10 long years between Rah Digga’s celebrated 2000 debut Dirty Harriet and her follow-up collaboration with producer Nottz, Classic. In that time, Digga left her post as “the First Lady of Flipmode Squad” alongside Busta Rhymes and went fully independent, where she remains today.
To some, that transition seemed long and complicated. Dirty Harriet was a Top 20 debut, respected by consumers and critics alike. Like contemporaries Eminem, Mos Def, and Black Eyed Peas, Digga was an underground Hip-Hop alum, being given major resources (and getting mainstream recognition) for her talent. The onetime Outsidaz affiliate was able to make songs with Reflection Eternal, Mariah Carey, and Black Rob all in the same short period. At a bigger level than Rampage, Spliff Star, or Lord Have Mercy, Digga was the successful Busta Rhymes protege. So what happened?
Well, J Records absorbed Flipmode Entertainment. As Busta was pivoting to his eventual exit to align with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint, Rah Digga’s Everything Is A Story was delayed, before it finally was shelved at Clive Davis’ label. In 2010, gearing up for Classic, Digga shared some tracks. However, this week one fan took the leaked 22-track LP and remastered it to sound quite nice.
Production is handled by J Dilla, Just Blaze, Hi-Tek, Large Professor, Flipmode alum DJ Scratch (Busta’s “Gimme Some More”), No I.D. (JAY-Z’s 4:44), Scott Storch, Jake One, and much more. Guests include Ghostface Killah, Mobb Deep, Fabolous, Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks, B.R., Joe Budden, and others.
Enjoy the 2004 holdover, and make sure you’re up on Digga’s latest music, including a standout 2017 video verse with fellow Garden State group, St. Joe Louis.
Bonus Beat: AFH‘s Justin “The Company Man” Hunte’s recent TBD episode “Women In Rap Are Back,” features commentary from Rah Digga, fellow Busta affiliate Rapsody, and others