The 25 Best Posthumous Albums of All Time

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J. Dilla, Jay Stay Paid

This 2009 album teams 30 unreleased instrumentals from the late, great beatmaker with impressive guest spots from Bun B, Black Thought and others, but it nevers 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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