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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bbe
  • ASIN: B000FUIV42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Geek Down featuring Busta Rhymes
2. E=MC2 featuring Commono
3. Love Jones
4. Love featuring Pharoahe Monch
5. Baby featuring Madlib and Guilty Simpson
6. So Far to Go featuring Common and D'Angelo
7. Jungle Love featuring Med and Guilty Simpson
8. Over the Breaks
9. Body Movin' featuring J Rocc and Karriem Riggins
10. Dime Piece featuring Dwele (Remix)
11. Love Movin' featuring Black Thought
12. Won't Do

Editorial Reviews

J DILLA leaves behind an impression on Hip Hop that will last the test of time. His contributions ranged from defining Detroit Hip Hop as a founding member of SLUM VILLAGE to providing his production talents to COMMON, D'ANGELO, BUSTA RHYMES, ERYKAH BADU, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, THE PHARCYDE, THE ROOTS, JANET JACKSON and MACY GRAY. Jay Dee aka J Dilla sadly past away in February this year, three days after his thirty-second birthday. This album 'The Shining' will serve as a testament to the the fact that legends never die ensuring his cult status lives on. 'The Shining' serves as a showcase of J Dilla's talents which features him not only as a producer, but also as a rapper, singer and musician. Featured guests on the album include BUSTA RHYMES, COMMON, PHAROAHE MONCH, D'ANGELO, MADLIB, BLACK THOUGHT, MEDAPHOR aka MED, and GUILTY SIMPSON.

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Classic hip hop at its finest!
Rodney Walker
Dilla leaves a lasting imprint on our minds with superior lyrics, dope beats, and great guest appearances by common, pharoahe monch and busta rhymes.
Kurupt
When you buy music it shouldn't be about the length, it should be about the music and this album really comes through.
M. Asbury

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Trevathan on August 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
J Dilla is the man. I say is because he lives on since his beats are still going to be released thanks to Dilla's mom and his best friend Karriem Riggins, who helped throw this CD together. Riggins and Dilla used to get into beat making contests together, so you know this CD was in the right hands.

The production is classic, but some of the emcees leave a little to be desired. The exceptions are Guilty Simpson, MED, Pharoahe Monch, Dwele and Black Thought. Common, D'Angelo and Busta Rhymes don't do what they're capable of doing and I wish Madlib did some Lord Quas on "Baby," even though the track is fire enough as it is. This CD should get more play time than Donuts due to emcees being on it, but Donuts is a better album. They even recycled the beat from the track "Bye" on "So Far to Go," which feels weird because this is a short album as it is and surely there was an unreleased beat that could have been used for this track instead.

All that said, this is a classic CD, the best of the summer. "Love Jones," "Baby," "Body Movin," "Love," "Jungle Love," "Over the Breaks," "Dime Piece" and "Love Movin" are some of the hottest tracks you'll hear, and you gotta dig Dilla's emcee work on "Won't Do." I wasn't impressed with Dilla's work on the mic on the Jaylib joint Champion Sound, but after hearing this and "F*** the Police," you realize Dilla had potential to be a great emcee. If he had the same dedication to emceeing that he did to beat making he could have been one of the great lyricists. But obviously that wasn't going to happen, Dilla loved the MPC 3000 a lot more than the mic.

All that said, no words are needed to explain this. It's Dilla. He's the best. This album doesn't confirm this, it just re-affirms what Welcome to Detroit and Donuts and his other work already established. Get this, and then be on the lookout for Jay Love Japan and other works in the future. Dilla shines on.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on December 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I loved Jay Dee before any of his work could be considered 'post-humous,' so don't assume i'm another band-wagon jumper with this review. In fact, I'd like to state that I honestly fear for J Dilla's legacy at this moment, afraid that he may become as oversaturated in the market as a 2Pac, or a B.I.G. While Dilla was an immensely talented musician, and very influential producer, I don't think Dilla's work could be considered legendary, no matter how dope it was. I know this maybe a controversial statement, but no matter how dope Like Water For Chocolate or Fantastic, Vol. 2 were, neither are neccessarily classics(just virtually flawless albums). While Dilla left behind a large amount of phenomenal music, I worry that his posthumous work may cast a shadow over the exceptional material he graced us with when his shell was still with us.

While i don't acknowledge Dilla as a legend, he was most definitely one of my favorite producers, especially in this modern era of hip-hop and R&B. Alongside other beatsmiths like Madlib and Danger Mouse, Dilla dug crates extensively, picking out the most obscure samples from records of all sorts, and then turning those awkward-sounding samples into beautiful orchestrations. Unfortunately, The Shining doesn't give an accurate portrayal of Dilla's musical genius; while the album is undeniably tight, you can't help but feel it is missing something intangible; something, I believe, couldn't be helped on a posthumous release. No one is at fault for the one flaw this album has, and that is just the lack of Dilla's presence.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick G. Varine on December 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
...it hits hard.

'The Shining' is a little fractured - and who could expect a cohesive effort when your health is so badly affected - but when it comes, it comes correct.

'E=MC2' could get any club up and moving with it's deeeeep bassline and headsmashing beat, and 'Love Jones' exemplifies what I like about Dilla: the willingness to throw two things that shouldn't go together, together.

'Love,' featuring another of my fave MCs, Pharoahe Monch, is a great, great song. It's got that back-in-the-day feeling, with Monch's half-singing, half-rapping, but the beat the roughness with which the chorus comes in ("We must be in looooove") is solidly Dilla.

The centerpiece of the album, in my opinion, is 'Jungle Love,' which for my money features the best beat and the best verse, a smasher from relative newcomer Guilty Simpson ("I don't really care who y'all rollin' with/'Cause a real ***** don't need sponsorship," "I maul y'all like a shoppin' center") and a beat that would peel the paint off your walls. As if the beat itself wasn't rough enough, when the chorus drops in, Dilla adds some sort of speaker-feedback buzz that makes it hit all the harder. Add another killer second verse from MED and you have a song that almost makes me forget how short 'The Shining' is.

There are a few songs that drag a little, but overall this is a very satisfying paragraph in the final chapter of Dilla's posthumous releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DCtoMI on September 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
most expect greatness from anything Dilla touched and this CD is no exception. it's like a big hot bowl of gumbo--so many different tastes and textures leave you warm and satisfied on so many levels. soulful at moments. frenetic at others. but always on something different! this album is a gift--plain and simple. a peek at the evolution of his sound, his talent, his experimentalism and his brilliant mind while he was still among us.
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