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

PRCS 9508, PRCS-9508-4 J Dilla - The Coming album art Busta Rhymez* Busta Rhymez* - The Coming(Cass, Album, Promo) Elektra, Elektra PRCS 9508, PRCS-9508-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Stakes Is High album art De La Soul Stakes Is High De La Soul - Stakes Is High(Cass, Album, Promo, Adv) Tommy Boy none US 1996 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - True Dawgs album art Trüz Trüz - True Dawgs(Cass) AD FAM Records none US 1996 Sell This Version
MCAR-25079-1 J Dilla - Like Water For Chocolate album art Common Thelonius and 4 more… Common - Like Water For Chocolate(12", Promo, Smplr) MCA Records MCAR-25079-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Fantastic Vol. 2 album art Slum Village Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2 (Album) Wordplay Records, Source UK 2000 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Genesis album art Busta Rhymes Make It Hurt and 1 more… Busta Rhymes - Genesis (Album) J Records, Flipmode Records Russia 2001 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Double Face 3 album art DJ Kost / DJ Goldfingers The Light DJ Kost / DJ Goldfingers - Double Face 3 (Comp) Barclay, Universal France 2001 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Quality album art Talib Kweli Where Do We Go (Dedicated To Weldon Irvine) and 1 more… Talib Kweli - Quality (Album) Rawkus Europe 2002 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Electric Circus album art Common Common - Electric Circus (Album) MCA Records UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Trinity (Past, Present And Future) album art Slum Village Fall In Love (as Jay Dilla) Slum Village - Trinity (Past, Present And Future) (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records, Barak Records, Barak Records Europe 2002 Sell This Version
ABB 1036-1 J Dilla - Off Ya Chest / Take Dem Clothes Off album art Jay Dee Featuring Frank-N-Dank Jay Dee Featuring Frank-N-Dank - Off Ya Chest / Take Dem Clothes Off(12") ABB Records ABB 1036-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
J Dilla - It Ain't Safe No More... album art Busta Rhymes It Ain't Safe No More (as Dilla) and 2 more… Busta Rhymes - It Ain't Safe No More... (Album) J Records, BMG, Flipmode Records US 2002 Sell This Version
DPRO 7087 6 17441 2 5 J Dilla - Slum Village album art Slum Village One (as Jay Dilla) Slum Village - Slum Village(CD, Promo, Smplr) Capitol Records DPRO 7087 6 17441 2 5 US 2002 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Best Kept Secret The Mixtape album art Ghosttown Entertainment Ghosttown Entertainment - Best Kept Secret The Mixtape(CDr, Comp, Unofficial) Ghosttown Entertainment none US 2002 Sell This Version
MAD-003 J Dilla - The Message / LAX To JFK album art Jaylib / Madlib Jaylib / Madlib - The Message / LAX To JFK(7", Unofficial) Not On Label MAD-003 US 2002 Sell This Version
STWL-1 J Dilla - Untitled AKA Stones Throw White Label # 1 album art Various The Message Various - Untitled AKA Stones Throw White Label # 1(12", EP, Ltd, W/Lbl) Stones Throw Records STWL-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Come Close (Remix) (Closer) album art Common Aquarius (Clean) and 1 more… Common - Come Close (Remix) (Closer) (Single) MCA Records US 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Undeniable LP (Detroit Edition) album art Phat Kat Phat Kat - The Undeniable LP (Detroit Edition) (Album) Barak Records US 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Hey Du (Nimm Dir Zeit) EP album art ASD Wenn Ihr Fühlt... (as Jaydilla) ASD - Hey Du (Nimm Dir Zeit) EP (EP) Capitol Music, Eimsbush Germany 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Pay Jay album art J Dilla Trucks J Dilla - Pay Jay (Album) MCA Records US 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Wer Hätte Das Gedacht album art ASD Komm Schon ASD - Wer Hätte Das Gedacht (Album) Capitol Music Germany 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Champion Sound album art Jaylib Jaylib - Champion Sound (Album) Stones Throw Records Europe 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Red / The Official album art Jaylib Jaylib - The Red / The Official (Single) Stones Throw Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Vol.35 J Dilla - Juice CD Vol.35 album art Various Nowadayz Various - Juice CD Vol.35(CD, Comp) Juice Magazin Vol.35 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Vol.28 J Dilla - Juice CD Vol.28 album art Various Aquarius Various - Juice CD Vol.28(CD, Comp) Juice Magazin Vol.28 Germany 2003 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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