The 25 Best Posthumous Albums of All Time

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  • Pimp C, The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, Rap-A-Lot don J. Prince, Drake, Rick Ross
  • Otis Redding, Love Man, Direct Me
  • J. Dilla, Jay Stay Paid, Bun B, Black Thought, Pete Rock
  • Amy Winehouse, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Mark Ronson, Salaam Remi
  • Sam Cooke, Shake
  • 2Pac, Until the End of Time
  • 2Pac, Makaveli, The Don Killuminati: The 7-Day Theory, Hail Mary
  • The Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death
  • Michael Jackson
  • Jimi Hendrix, Live at the Fillmore East, Band of Gypsies, Buddy Miles Billy Cox, Wild Thing, Power of Soul, Machine Gun
  • Otis Redding, The Dock Bay
  • Selena, Dreaming of You
  • Big Pun, Yeeah Baby,  100%, Leatherface
  • Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company
  • Big L, The Big Picture, DJ Premier, Pete Rock
  • 2Pac, Better Dayz
  • Jimi Hendrix, First Rays of the Rising Sun,
  • 2 Pac, R U Still Down?
  • Marvin Gaye, Vulnerable
  • John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Cosmic Music, Pharoahe Sanders, Jimmy Harrison,
  • J. Dilla, The Shinning, Karriem Riggs, Won't Do, E=MC2
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers, Confrontation, Buffalo Soldier, Chant Down Babylon, Jump Nyahbinghi
  • Eazy-E, Str8 Off tha Streets of Muthaph--kin' Compton, Dr.Dre, Death Row,  Ice Cube, My Baby'z Mama
  • Otis Redding and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival
  • Otis Redding, The Immortal Otis Redding, Hard to Handle, I've Got Dreams to Remember
  • The Notorious B.I.G., Born Again, Dead Wrong

J. Dilla, Jay Stay Paid

This 2009 album teams 30 unreleased instrumentals from the late, great beat maker with impressive guest spots from Bun B, Black Thought and others, but it never sounds patchwork or exploitative. Skillfully arranged by Pete Rock, one of his biggest influences, the album is actually one of the best released under Dilla's name, lovingly showcasing his diverse sound spectrum, from grimy sample chops to ethereal, neo-soul excursions.

(Photo: Courtesy Natural Sounds Records)

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