The Shining
The Shining
Studio album by J Dilla


22 August 2006




Hip hop






Peter "Monty Burns" Adarkwah (co-exec.), Eddie "Bladow!" Bezalel (co-exec.), J Dilla (also exec.), Madlib, Tim Maynor (co-exec.), Karriem Riggins (also exec.), Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey (co-exec.)

The Shining is the second studio album by American hip hop musician J Dilla, released in 2006 on BBE Records. When J Dilla died of lupus in February of that year, the album was left 25% incomplete and was posthumously completed by friend and fellow Detriot hip hop artist Karriem Riggins, who was entrusted by Dilla's mother Maureen Yancey to finish the album. The Shining was the first full-length J Dilla solo release featuring vocals since Welcome 2 Detroit five years earlier, and was eagerly anticipated. 

Dilla features some of his past collaborators, such as Common, Busta Rhymes, Madlib and Black Thought. The closing track, "Won't Do", is the only song to feature J Dilla rhyming by himself, although he raps on "Baby" alongside Madlib and Guilty Simpson, and provides the chorus for "E=MC2". "Won't Do" was released with a music video, which features J Dilla's younger brother Illa J lip-syncing the vocals.

The album peaked at #103 on the Billboard 200 and #35 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It received positive reviews from music critics. An instrumental version of the album followed its release shortly afterward.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Geek Down" Busta Rhymes Smith, Yancey J Dilla 1:53
2. "E=MC2" J Dilla, Common Lynn, Yancey J Dilla 3:18
3. "Love Jones" - Yancey J Dilla 1:02
4. "Love" Pharoahe Monch Jamerson, Yancey J Dilla 3:15
5. "Baby" J Dilla, Madlib, Guilty Simpson Jackson, Yancey J Dilla, Madlib 3:28
6. "So Far to Go" Common, D'Angelo Archer, Lynn, Yancey J Dilla 5:37
7. "Jungle Love" M.E.D., Guilty Simpson Jackson, Simpson, Yancey J Dilla 2:45
8. "Over the Breaks" - Yancey J Dilla, Karriem Riggins 2:14
9. "Body Movin'" - Yancey J Dilla 2:18
10. "Dime Piece (Remix)" Dwele Gardner, Yancey J Dilla 3:15
11. "Love Movin'" Black Thought Collins, Yancey J Dilla 3:35
12. "Won't Do" J Dilla Yancey J Dilla 3:53


  • Track 2 features cuts performed by J. Rocc.
  • Track 3 features drums performed by Karriem Riggins, trumpet performed by Dontae Winslow, and rhodes and nord lead performed by J Dilla.
  • Track 4 features additional vocals performed by Shotyme & La.
  • Track 7 features drums performed by Karriem Riggins, and octave cat and tambourine performed by J Dilla.
  • Track 8 features Triton bass line performed by Karriem Riggins, and Micro Korg performed by J Dilla.
  • Track 9 features drums and solo on the Korg MS20 performed by Karriem Riggins, autoharp / bass line on the Octave cat performed by J Dilla, and cuts performed by J. Rocc.
  • Track 11 features drums performed by Karriem Riggins, and bass and guitar performed by J Dilla.
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