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

US hip-hop producer, and DJ. Brother of Illa J.

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 James Dewitt Yancey 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. http://jamesdyanceyfoundation.org

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J Dilla Discography Tracks

none J Dilla - Stakes Is High album art De La Soul Stakes Is High De La Soul - Stakes Is High(Cass, Album, Promo) EastWest Records GmbH none Germany 1996 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Eve album art Spacek Eve (J-Dilla Remix) Spacek - Eve Not On Label UK 2000 Sell This Version
Unknown J Dilla - Next Level 3 album art DJ Ganja (2) Take Them Clothes Off DJ Ganja (2) - Next Level 3(Cass, Mixed, Mixtape) Not On Label Unknown France 2002 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly album art Amp Fiddler You Play Me Amp Fiddler - Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly (Album) Genuine UK 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Undeniable LP (Detroit Edition) album art Phat Kat Dedication 2004 Phat Kat - The Undeniable LP (Detroit Edition) (Album) Barak Records US 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Selfish album art Slum Village Reunion (Album Version) Slum Village - Selfish (Maxi) Capitol Records Europe 2004 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Soul Survivor II album art Pete Rock Niggaz Know Pete Rock - Soul Survivor II (Album) Rapster Records Europe 2004 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Liquid Hip Hop album art DJ Cam Love Junkee (J Dilla Remix) DJ Cam - Liquid Hip Hop (Album) Inflamable France 2004 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Dirty District Vol. 2 EP album art B.R. Gunna Do Ya Thang (Dirty) B.R. Gunna - Dirty District Vol. 2 EP (EP) Barak Records US 2004 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Detroit Deli (A Taste Of Detroit) album art Slum Village Reunion Slum Village - Detroit Deli (A Taste Of Detroit) (Album) Capitol Records UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
none Various Reunion Various - Three The Hard Way: 3rd Anniversary Sounds(CD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Jointz Magazine none US 2004 Sell This Version
BRK30002 J Dilla - Dirty District Vol. 2 album art B.R. Gunna Stupid and 1 more… B.R. Gunna - Dirty District Vol. 2(CD, Comp) Barak Records BRK30002 US 2004 Sell This Version
BRK35738 J Dilla - The Undeniable EP album art Phat Kat Door Phat Kat - The Undeniable EP(12", EP) Barak Records BRK35738 US 2004 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Preemptive Hype Vol. 5.5 album art Various Love Various - Preemptive Hype Vol. 5.5(CD, Comp, Promo) HipHopSite.com Recordings none US 2004 Sell This Version
410T J Dilla - Hip Hop #78 Raw album art Tony Touch Do Your Thang Tony Touch - Hip Hop #78 Raw(Cass, Mixed, C80) MasterTapes 410T Germany 2004 Sell This Version
DPRO 7087 6 18624 9 2 J Dilla - Detroit Deli (A Taste Of Detroit) (Ghetto Radio Mix Sampler) album art Slum Village Reunion Slum Village - Detroit Deli (A Taste Of Detroit) (Ghetto Radio Mix Sampler)(CD, Enh, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Capitol Records DPRO 7087 6 18624 9 2 US 2004 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Stones Throw Records 2005 Sampler album art Various Move Part 2 Various - Stones Throw Records 2005 Sampler (Comp) Stones Throw Records US 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Push album art MED* Aka Medaphoar Push (Radio) and 1 more… MED* Aka Medaphoar - Push Stones Throw Records US 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Soundvision: In Stereo album art Lawless Element Love and 1 more… Lawless Element - Soundvision: In Stereo (Album) Babygrande US 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Move Part 2 album art Oh No Move Part 2 Oh No - Move Part 2 (Single, Maxi) Stones Throw Records US 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Second Time Around album art SA-RA* Thrilla SA-RA* - The Second Time Around (Single, MiniAlbum) Sound In Color US 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Prequel To A Classic album art Slum Village It'z Your World Slum Village - Prequel To A Classic (Comp) Barak Records US 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Push Comes To Shove album art MED* Push (as J. Dilla) MED* - Push Comes To Shove (Album) Stones Throw Records US 2005 Sell This Version
ISBN: 1-58423-197-1 J Dilla - Behind The Beat album art DJ Ransom Move Pt. 2 DJ Ransom - Behind The Beat(CD, Ltd, Mixed) Crookneck Records ISBN: 1-58423-197-1 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Flammable Beats MixTape Vol.II Boombox album art Dj Vinilkin'*, Dj Pirumov, Dj Chagin, Dj Tactics, MC Panda* Niggaz Know Dj Vinilkin'*, Dj Pirumov, Dj Chagin, Dj Tactics, MC Panda* - Flammable Beats MixTape Vol.II Boombox(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Лев Прав Звук none Russia 2005 Sell This Version

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rbz

rbz

January 5, 2017
Thank You for everything J Dilla aka Jay Dee.. you are much appreciated..
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

September 30, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Just like 2 Pac Dilla will release more than 10 times the music after his death then before, without his blessing of course but hey respect went out long ago. Me me me!
plug-in-lust

plug-in-lust

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

Oskamane

September 21, 2013
STILL KING
SlyHolla

SlyHolla

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
juancs

juancs

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

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