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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

SHOES 001 J Dilla - Jay Dee Unreleased EP (Test Pressing) album art J Dilla Jay Dee Unreleased EP (Test Pressing)(12", EP, Ltd, TP) House Shoes Recordings SHOES 001 US 1996 Sell This Version
J Dilla Ruff Draft (Dilla's Mix) (Album, EP) Stones Throw Records US 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Donuts 45 album art J Dilla Donuts 45 Stones Throw Records US 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Shining EP album art J Dilla The Shining EP (EP) BBE UK 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Donuts: The E.P. (J Rocc's Picks - SXSW 2006 - Adult Swim) album art 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 US 2006 Sell This Version
BBE 12 040 J Dilla - The Shining EP2 album art J Dilla The Shining EP2(12", EP) BBE BBE 12 040 UK 2006 Sell This Version
STH 2131 J Dilla - Pandemonium / Louder album art J Dilla Pandemonium / Louder(12", Promo) Stones Throw Records STH 2131 US 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Wild / Make 'Em NV album art J Dilla Wild / Make 'Em NV Stones Throw Records US 2007 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Jay Love Japan album art J Dilla Jay Love Japan (EP, Album) OX: Operation Unknown US 2007 Sell This Version
STH 2179 J Dilla - See (Suite) / Mash's Revenge album art 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' album art J Dilla Dirty Crushin'(7", Single) Stones Throw Records STH4021 US 2007 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Donut Shop album art J Dilla Donut Shop Stones Throw Records, Serato Pressings US 2010 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Dillatroit album art Dilla Dog* Dillatroit (EP) Mahogani Music US 2012 Sell This Version
RDR-001 J Dilla - Jay Dee's Revenge / Birthright album art J Dilla Jay Dee's Revenge / Birthright(10", Single, Cle) Ruff Draft Records RDR-001 US 2012 Sell This Version
BBE208SLP J Dilla - Think Twice / E=MC2 album art James Yancey & Jay Dee & J Dilla & Dilla* James Yancey & Jay Dee & J Dilla & Dilla* - Think Twice / E=MC2(7") BBE BBE208SLP Europe 2012 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Diamonds & Ice album art Dilla* Diamonds & Ice Pay Jay Productions US 2013 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Lost Scrolls Vol. 1 album art J Dilla The Lost Scrolls Vol. 1 Ruff Draft Records US 2013 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Anthem / Trucks album art J Dilla Anthem / Trucks Pay Jay Productions US 2013 Sell This Version
R 28311 J Dilla - Two Lips album art Dilla* featuring Joey Bada$$ Dilla* featuring Joey Bada$$ - Two Lips(7", Ltd) Akomplice R 28311 US 2013 Sell This Version
PJ003 J Dilla - Give Them What They Want album art J Dilla Give Them What They Want(12", Cle) Pay Jay Productions PJ003 US 2014 Sell This Version
PJ1005 J Dilla - Fuck The Police album art J Dilla Fuck The Police(7", Shape, Ltd, Pic, RE) Pay Jay Productions PJ1005 US 2015 Sell This Version
BBE321SLP1 J Dilla - Love album art J Dilla Feat. Pharoahe Monch J Dilla Feat. Pharoahe Monch - Love(7") BBE BBE321SLP1 UK 2015 Sell This Version
YMGI3V2KOB J Dilla - Beats Batch 2 album art J-Dilla* Beats Batch 2(10", Ltd) Yancey Media Group, Vintage Vibez Music Group YMGI3V2KOB US 2015 Sell This Version
YMGI5V4KOB, YMGI5V4K0B J Dilla - Beats Batch 4 album art J-Dilla* Beats Batch 4(10", Ltd) Yancey Media Group, Vintage Vibez Music Group YMGI5V4KOB, YMGI5V4K0B US 2015 Sell This Version
YMGI4V3KOB, YMGI4V3K0B J Dilla - Beats Batch 3 album art J-Dilla* Beats Batch 3(10", Ltd) Yancey Media Group, Vintage Vibez Music Group YMGI4V3KOB, YMGI4V3K0B US 2015 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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