J Dilla’s Love For West Coast Rap Shines Alongside Snoop & Kokane (Audio)
Before J Dilla started working on his MCA Records debut known as The Diary, Slum Village had found great success with Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol. 2. While the LP memorably connected Jay Dee, Baatin, and T3 with the sounds of Q-Tip, D’Angelo, and DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kurupt was also a sought out guest. Heads know that Dilla Dog loved West Coast Hip-Hop. Beyond his work with Madlib, Visionaries, and The Pharcyde, he enjoyed G-Funk.
More than a dozen years after the album’s creations started, J Dilla’s family and Mass Appeal Records are releasing The Diary on April 15. Within, “Gangsta Boogie” teams Jay with Snoop Dogg and Kokane for a funkdafied celebration of swagger. Dilla’s raps steal the show out of the gate, as Tha Doggfather and Mr. Kane kick some game on the bouncy Funk track (courtesy of Reflection Eternal’s Hi-Tek).