J Dilla was a prolific rapper and producer who worked with everyone from De La Soul to Common, forging an soulful production style that ranks amongst hip-hops most influential. Dilla passed away in 2006, but left behind an incredible catalog. Now Dilla’s label, Stones Throw, is teaming up with software makers Serato to present a free digital EP in honor of Dilla. From the press release:
“Serato and Stones Throw have teamed with the J Dilla Estate for the official J Dilla Serato release, Donut Shop. This is 2 discs with six J Dilla tracks, 2 sides with Serato Control Tone (for use with Serato Scratch Live DJ software), and 2 donut slipmats in a package designed by Studio No.1. This will be released May 10th (the day after Mother’s day–what’s up Ma Dukes?).
The J Dilla tracks consist of three previously unreleased instrumentals selected by J.Rocc from the Dilla archives – “Safety Dance”, “Sycamore”, “Bars & Twists” – and three unreleased instrumental versions of Dilla’s production for Mos Def, Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes, each remastered by Elysian Masters who mixed and mastered J Dilla’s Donuts, The Shining and Ruff Draft albums.”
Not sure what the deal was with the date change. You can grab the EP here.