J Dilla

J Dilla

Real Name:
James Dewitt Yancey
Born: 7 February 1974.
Died: 10 February 2006.

US hip-hop producer, and DJ.

James Dewitt Yancey, better known by his stage name J Dilla or Jay Dee, was an American record producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan.

He began his career as a member of the group Slum Village, and made his name with Common, A Tribe Called Quest, and as Jaylib in which he collaborated with Madlib. He was also a member of the production team trio The Ummah with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

He started his career under the name Jay Dee (based on his initials) but used the name J Dilla from 2001 onward. Many critics believe his work to have had a major influence on his peers and that he embodied the neo-soul sound, playing a defining yet understated role during the sub-genre's rise (roughly from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s). LA-based producer and MC, Madlib, began collaborating with J Dilla, and the pair formed the group Jaylib in 2002, releasing an album called "Champion Sound" in 2003. After J Dilla relocated from Detroit to LA in 2004, they toured as Jaylib in Spring 2004.

He moved from his native Detroit to Los Angeles to live with his mother after being diagnosed in 2003.
It was later revealed that he suffered from TTP, a rare blood disease, and Lupus, affecting the immune-system. J Dilla's illness and medication caused dramatic weight loss from 2003 onwards, forcing him to publicly confirm speculation about his health in 2004. Despite a slower output of major releases and production credits in 2004-2005, his cult status remained strong within his core audience, as evident by unauthorized circulation of his underground "beat tapes" (instrumental, and raw working materials), mostly through internet file sharing. Articles in music publications URB (March 2004) and XXL (June 2005) confirmed rumors of ill health and hospitalization during this period, but these were downplayed by J himself. The seriousness of his condition became public in November 2005 when J Dilla toured Europe performing from a wheelchair.

His last album released during his lifetime, "Donuts", was released on Stones Throw Records on 7 Feb 2006, Dilla's 32nd birthday, and the first one in year's he didn't spend in hospital. Three days later, on 10 February 2006, he died at his home in LA. According to his mother, Maureen Yancey, the cause was cardiac arrest.

The founding of the J Dilla Foundation was announced in May 2006 by his mother Maureen Yancey, to honour her son's legacy and to help raise awareness and funding for Lupus research by organizing continued events to aid underprivileged children gain quality arts training, primarily in the field of music.

J Dilla Discography


BBEBG001, BBEBGCD001 Jay Dee aka J Dilla Jay Dee aka J Dilla - Welcome 2 Detroit (Album) BBE, BBE BBEBG001, BBEBGCD001 UK 2001 Sell This Version
none J Dilla Pay Jay(CDr, Album, Promo) MCA Records none US 2003 Sell This Version
STH2126-P J Dilla Donuts (Album) Stones Throw Records STH2126-P US 2005 Sell This Version
BBE CD 076 J Dilla The Shining (Album) BBE BBE CD 076 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
none Mick Boogie Presents Busta Rhymes + J Dilla Mick Boogie Presents Busta Rhymes + J Dilla - Dillagence (Comp) Not On Label (Mick Boogie Self-released) none US 2007 Sell This Version
none Frank N Dank* & J Dilla Frank N Dank* & J Dilla - European Vacation(DVD-V + CD, Album) Needillworks Entertainment none US 2008 Sell This Version
NSD 142 J Dilla Jay Stay Paid (Album) Nature Sounds NSD 142 US 2009 Sell This Version
none J Dilla Rebirth Of Detroit (Album) Ruff Draft Records none US 2012 Sell This Version
MM32 Dilla* Lost Tapes Reels + More Mahogani Music MM32 US 2013 Sell This Version
none De La Soul x J Dilla De La Soul x J Dilla - Smell The Da.I.S.Y. AOI Records none US 2014 Sell This Version
GSE768 J Dilla Dillatronic (Album) Vintage Vibez Music Group GSE768 US 2015 Sell This Version
MSAP0032 J Dilla The Diary (Album) Pay Jay Productions, Mass Appeal MSAP0032 US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SHOES 001 J Dilla Jay Dee Unreleased EP (Test Pressing)(12", EP, Ltd, TP) House Shoes Recordings SHOES 001 US 1996 Sell This Version
STH 4015 J Dilla Donuts 45 Stones Throw Records STH 4015 US 2006 Sell This Version
STH2131P2, STH2130 J Dilla AKA Jay Dee J Dilla AKA Jay Dee - Donuts: The E.P. (J Rocc's Picks - SXSW 2006 - Adult Swim) (EP) Stones Throw Records, [adult swim], Stones Throw Records STH2131P2, STH2130 US 2006 Sell This Version
BBE 12037 J Dilla The Shining EP (EP) BBE BBE 12037 UK 2006 Sell This Version
BBE 12 040 J Dilla The Shining EP2(12", EP) BBE BBE 12 040 UK 2006 Sell This Version
STH 2131 J Dilla Pandemonium / Louder(12", Promo) Stones Throw Records STH 2131 US 2006 Sell This Version
OX-2002EP J Dilla Jay Love Japan (EP, Album) OX: Operation Unknown OX-2002EP US 2007 Sell This Version
STH 2154 J Dilla Wild / Make 'Em NV Stones Throw Records STH 2154 US 2007 Sell This Version
STH2153P J Dilla Ruff Draft (EP, Album) Stones Throw Records STH2153P US 2007 Sell This Version
STH 2179 Supreme Team (2) / J Dilla Supreme Team (2) / J Dilla - See (Suite) / Mash's Revenge(12") Stones Throw Records STH 2179 US 2007 Sell This Version
STH4021 J Dilla Dirty Crushin'(7", Single) Stones Throw Records STH4021 US 2007 Sell This Version
none J Dilla Donut Shop Stones Throw Records none US 2010 Sell This Version
MM 30 Dilla Dog* Dillatroit (EP) Mahogani Music MM 30 US 2012 Sell This Version

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April 1, 2014
Why the page of "jaydee" Is not incorporated into This page "j dilla"? One artist, two list..


September 21, 2013


September 20, 2013
Dilla all Day !!
His production catalogue includes classic tracks from : The Pharcyde, Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Guilty Simpson, Mos Def, De La Soul, Slum Village, Erykah Badu, Jaylib, and many others...
Pure Genius


April 4, 2013
The goat!!! <3


August 24, 2012
no mention to one of the best producers of hiphop ever??? j dilla is the man!

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