When J Dilla suddenly passed away in 2006, at the tender age of 32, from cardiac arrest, the hip-hop community lost one of the greatest producers of all-time. That year Jay Dee left hip-hop one of the finest collections of instrumentals in Donuts. What made Donuts so special, besides it being released three days before J Dilla’s passing, was that it feels like such an intensely personal statement. Since its release, many have went on to use the instrumentals from Donuts (including Ghostface, Drake, Charles Hamilton, Skyzoo, and Talib Kweli). Now Nas is finally sharing his collaboration with Jay Dee as he raps over the “Gobstopper” beat. Listen after the jump!

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Fashawn’s highly anticipated forthcoming project The Ecology gets a huge collaborative track in “Golden State of Mind”. Call it a West Coast connection as Fashawn teams up with Dom Kennedy and Exile for a smooth, chill cut. Unfortunately The Ecology won’t drop until 2015 but it’ll be appearing on Nas’ Mass Appeal compilation. After the jump.

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Boldy James offers this preview of his song on Nas’s Mass Appeal compilation tape. He’s doing numbers so that’s “crunchin,” which continues the theme of creating new slang that he started on his M.1.C.S mixtape. He follows in a long list of guys who would be pretty okay without any rap money. He lets you know why too. Track after the jump.
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