Real Name:
James Dewitt Yancey
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.

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none J Dilla - It's A Dirty Job... album art Bazooka Joe* Presents: Truck Jewls Fuck The Police (as JayDee) Bazooka Joe* Presents: Truck Jewls - It's A Dirty Job...(2xCDr, Comp, Mixed) Not On Label (DJ Bazooka Joe Self-released) none US 2001 Sell This Version
YAMCD01 J Dilla - 2003 (Remixes, Reworks And Re-Edits) album art Yam Who? Dime Piece (Yam Who Remix) Yam Who? - 2003 (Remixes, Reworks And Re-Edits)(CD, Comp + CD, Mixed + Unofficial) Yam Who YAMCD01 UK 2003 Sell This Version
4 J Dilla - Club Game album art DJ Dragon*, DJ Backup Take Them Clothes Off (as Jay-Dee) DJ Dragon*, DJ Backup - Club Game(Cass, Mixed, C90) Coast2Coast Tapes 4 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Urban New Noise 4 album art Various Oblighetto Various - Urban New Noise 4(CD, Mixed, Promo, Smplr, Car) EMI Music Marketing none US 2004 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Live On Chocolate City album art Madlib Think Twice Madlib - Live On Chocolate City(File, MP3, Mixed, 128) Not On Label none US 2004
00430-CDV10-04 J Dilla - Scion CD Sampler V.10 - The Indie Labels album art Peanut Butter Wolf & DJ Jazzy Jeff Come Get It and 1 more… Peanut Butter Wolf & DJ Jazzy Jeff - Scion CD Sampler V.10 - The Indie Labels(CD, Mixed, Promo) Scion Audio/Visual 00430-CDV10-04 US 2004 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Elektra Assassin. Mix Tape 2 album art Jay King (2) The Exclusive (as J. Dilla) Jay King (2) - Elektra Assassin. Mix Tape 2(2xCDr, Mixed, Promo) Not On Label none UK 2004 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Raputation Vol. 3 album art DJ Marius No. 1 The Red DJ Marius No. 1 - Raputation Vol. 3(Cass, Mixed, Promo) Chiefrocker Records none Germany 2004 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - The Diamond Mine album art Diamond* We Gangstas (as J. Dilla) Diamond* - The Diamond Mine(CDr, Mixed) Diamond Mine Records none US 2005 Sell This Version
OTVD-2099 J Dilla - Up Above Records Presents It'S A New Standard Of The Underground album art DJ Kiyo Move DJ Kiyo - Up Above Records Presents It'S A New Standard Of The Underground(CD, Mixed + DVD) Ultra-Vybe, Inc. OTVD-2099 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Friends And Family album art Various Two Can Win Various - Friends And Family Fat City Europe 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Southport Weekender Volume 5 album art Kenny Dope* / Terry Hunter Pandemonium Kenny Dope* / Terry Hunter - Southport Weekender Volume 5 Endulge Records UK 2006 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Chamber Music album art Ghostface*, DJ Ayres & DJ Soul (2) One For Ghost Interlude Ghostface*, DJ Ayres & DJ Soul (2) - Chamber Music(CD, Comp, Mixed) Not On Label none US 2006 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - God Vs Tha Devil album art DJ Premier One Eleven and 2 more… DJ Premier - God Vs Tha Devil(CDr, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Year Round Incorporated none US 2006 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Summer Madness 2006 album art Richard* Airworks (2006) (as Dilla) and 1 more… Richard* - Summer Madness 2006(CD, Mixed) Mecca Audio none Czech Republic 2006 Sell This Version
OTCD-2125 J Dilla - The BBE Sessions album art DJ Mitsu The Beats Won't Do and 3 more… DJ Mitsu The Beats - The BBE Sessions(CD, Mixed) BBE, Studio !K7, Rapster Records, HBD, Jazzy Sport, Ultra-Vybe, Inc. OTCD-2125 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
KPCD-0007 J Dilla - Tight 12 album art DJ Kiyo Da Factory DJ Kiyo - Tight 12(CD, Mixed, Promo) Kemuri Productions Ltd. KPCD-0007 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
JSMC-001 J Dilla - Urban, Ghetto, Dark & Mellow Vol.1.0 album art Kacchi Nasty Think Twice (as Jay Dilla) Kacchi Nasty - Urban, Ghetto, Dark & Mellow Vol.1.0(CD, Mixed) Jazzy Sport JSMC-001 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
IQMIX003 J Dilla - The Official Volume 3 album art DJ IQ Love DJ IQ - The Official Volume 3(CD, Mixed) Mancan IQMIX003 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Presents: The Hip-Hop Institute Vol. 1  album art Skinny Banana Cap A.K.A. Mucho Muchacho* Push Skinny Banana Cap A.K.A. Mucho Muchacho* - Presents: The Hip-Hop Institute Vol. 1 (CD, Comp, Mixed, Mix) C.R.E.A.M. none Spain 2006 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Escape The Internet album art Monster (6) Wild Monster (6) - Escape The Internet(CD, Mixed) Fat Beats none US 2006 Sell This Version
YRI 110306 J Dilla - No Talent Required album art DJ Premier Love Jones DJ Premier - No Talent Required(CDr, Mixed, Promo) Year Round Incorporated YRI 110306 US 2006 Sell This Version
S903-11 J Dilla - Suite903 No.11 album art Various So Far To Go Various - Suite903 No.11(CD, Mixed, Promo) Fader Label S903-11 US 2006 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Anti DJ Mix album art Tom Giles Lightworks and 4 more… Tom Giles - Anti DJ Mix(File, MP3, Mixed, P/Unofficial, 192) Spannered none UK 2006
none J Dilla - Nothin But Skillz - Mixtape Vol. 2 album art Various Shotgun Various - Nothin But Skillz - Mixtape Vol. 2(CDr, Comp, Mixed) NBS Records none Sweden 2006 Sell This Version

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


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!


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


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

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