The 25 Best Posthumous Albums of All Time

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  • 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
  • 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?

J. Dilla, The Shining

Dilla created the bulk of this album, but it was completed and polished up by his friend Karriem Riggs, another soulful Detroit producer, after his death. Though it's hard to say what exactly the album would've sounded like if Dilla had seen it through, there's no doubt that sublime standouts like "Won't Do" and "E=MC2" are among his most innovative and hard-hitting. 

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