The Shining

Caroline Third Party
Release date
3 Oct 2006
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Geek Down Feat. Busta Rhymes 1:52 190
2 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - E=MC2 Feat. Common 3:16 471
3 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Love Jones 1:01 203
4 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Love Feat. Pharoahe Monch 3:13 174
5 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Baby Feat. Guilty Simpson & Madlib 3:27 177
6 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - So Far to Go Feat. Common & DAngelo 5:35 124
7 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - jungle Love Feat. MED & Guilty Simpson 2:44 114
8 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Over the Breaks 2:13 151
9 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Body Movin Feat. J. Rocc & Karriem Riggins 2:17 141
10 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Dime Piece Feat. Dwele (Remix) 3:14 115
11 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Love Movin Feat. Black Thought 3:34 96
12 J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Won't do 3:51 561

About this album

The Shining is the title of the second official solo album from late Hip Hop producer and rapper J Dilla, who died February 10, 2006. The Shining was incomplete at the time of J Dilla’s passing and was posthumously completed. Discounting the instrumental album Donuts, The Shining was the first full-length solo release by J Dilla (featuring vocals) since Welcome 2 Detroit five years earlier, and as such was highly anticipated. It was released on August 22, 2006 through BBE Records. An instrumental version of the album followed its release shortly afterward.

In the works for many years under working titles such as the rumored Welcome 2 LA, Dilla’s manager, Tim Maynor, said in November 2005 that The Shining would come out in February 2006 on BBE and that the Dilla self-titled album would follow in the same year.[1] As the album was ultimately only 75% complete at the time of J Dilla’s passing, his friend and fellow Detroit hip-hop artist Karriem Riggins was entrusted by Dilla’s mother for the completion and handling of the record. Riggins himself has indicated that there will be further future releases of Dilla’s music in the coming years, stating that “all of his music needs to be heard”.[2]
A few of the tracks on The Shining are vocal versions of previously heard material such as “So Far to Go” (Donuts track “Bye” revamped and extended to serve as an intended remix to Common’s “Go!”). This song was originally to be released by Common during the last quarter of 2005, as part of a Be special edition package. In 2007, an alternate version of “So Far To Go” containing new verses and a new mix was released on Common’s Finding Forever album.

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  • leatherdaddy32

    on Won't Do, is Dilla rapping or is it his little bro?

    8 Jun 1:12am Reply
  • Ambryer

    aspiring to infinity like a mc squared

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • CollegeAdvocate

    I like certain songs with the samples 'cause I remember back in high school downloading individual songs off limewire but yea overall they're distracting.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • boehj


    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • outrenoir

    except on like Over the Breaks which is a sinister instrumental anyway

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • outrenoir

    imo the samples are really distracting and don't fit the mood at all

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Kornaluga

    мне нравится

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • BTBAMowns111

    great album but i personally prefer it without the samples

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Chows


    13 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Blackstarr2012

    horrible tags smh but dope album nonetheless

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • bleachgeek4973

    lol @ the tags.

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • MoveMenth J Dilla passed away on February 10, 2006, but his influence is inescapable in 2010. The fanatical zeal of the Dilla fanbase has resulted in an outpouring of tributes, but few like this.

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • sambosonoframbo

    much love for this album. I actually can't go a day wihtout listening to Love Jones

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • j_music11

    This is an incredible album.

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mister_tarmac

    Apparently the promo was over-dubbed with the samples to prevent piracy, but I'm actually really keen to hear it - heard one track with the samples and it worked pretty well.

    10 Jul 2010 Reply
  • btgh1993

    anyone wanna direct me to the bootlegged version? sounds interesting

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • KingHeff

    yea the sampled version is echelons better... it brings an understated brilliance that makes the record have this awkward, off-settling experience

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • VelvetMask

    The version I have on my computer have samples from the movie The Shining throughout the album. At first I thought it was awkward and out of place. But now, that's what makes the album for me! Though they don't quite line-up, it adds this interesting layer to the music that makes it stand apart from any other R&B or hip-hop I've ever heard. I was always curious about those. Did J intentionally put it in, or was it put there as a sort of protection to prevent people from ripping it? Or did someone else add it in? Anyway, I love it!

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
  • mcdonabe987

    can't get over the instrumentals man

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • gigamatic

    BABY!!! *sings melody* BABY!!! *sings melody* BABY!!! *sings melody*

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
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