The Shining - J Dilla aka Jay Dee
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  • Summary: This posthumous release--the late James Yancey's third solo album--was near completion at the time of his February 2006 death. Unlike 'Donuts,' this disc (featuring appearances by Madlib, Busta Rhymes and Common) is largely based on live instrumentation rather than samples.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
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  1. Pretty much every track is a head-turner.
  2. Though bittersweet, the CD lives up to its mastermind's lofty legacy. [25 Aug 2006, p.87]
  3. The Shining's biggest flaw is that it feels awfully slight, thanks to a run time of less than 37 minutes.
  4. Although not nearly as hot as early 2006’s Donuts, The Shining shows for a handful of great collabo’s and bangin’ beats and further paves the way for Dilla’s powerhouse legacy.
  5. The Shining is not a masterpiece, obviously, and nobody ought claim it as such, but it does show the producer striking out in a moderately novel direction and finding consistently satisfying results.
  6. 70
    [An] excellent, star-studded farewell. [Sep 2006]
  7. 66
    For the most part, Jay Dee sounds like The Shining's administrator, rather than its sole (and soul) creator. [#22, p.102]

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  1. SamD
    Oct 28, 2006
    10
    I first heard of J Dilla a few weeks ago, months after he died. I heard a strange noise outside my room. I came out and there were my four I first heard of J Dilla a few weeks ago, months after he died. I heard a strange noise outside my room. I came out and there were my four buds sitting around a stereo listening to Shining's opener Geek Down, stoned out of their minds, completely silent, with big grins on their faces. This is an amazing record. I wondered why Busta doesn't rhyme on the aformentioned opener; I later read that Dilla told him not to, he just wanted someone to 'Geek the **** out.' RIP Dilla, this is some amazing music. Expand
  2. JJKahn
    Aug 21, 2006
    10
    This is an absolutely fantastic album from Dilla.
  3. DERRICKJ
    Oct 6, 2006
    9
    The J-Dilla last Cd is like scraping the bottom of the bowl of your favorite ice cream, first with a spoon, then then your finger, and last The J-Dilla last Cd is like scraping the bottom of the bowl of your favorite ice cream, first with a spoon, then then your finger, and last you are licking the bowl, it tastes devine but you know there no more in the ice box. Expand