The tape is finally getting an official release after 17 years in the vaults

A previously unheard J Dilla mixtape has been shared online, 17 years after its creation.

The late producer made the tape between 1999 and 2000 but it has remained unreleased until now.

Dilla, real name James Yancey, gave BBE Records co-founder Peter Adarkwah a copy of the mixtape back in 2000 and now Adarkwah has decided to give it an official release.

Among the artists featured on the typically eclectic mix are B’52’s, The Temptations, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Fela Kuti, Sade and much more.

Yancey died in tragic circumstances in 2006: aged 32, after having being diagnosed with the auto-immune disease lupus and rare blood disease TTP.

Earlier this year, representatives of Yancey’s estate released a posthumous album, ‘The Diary’, that features a number of unreleased tracks by the producer and rapper.

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