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.
J Dilla - Trinity (Past, Present And Future) album art Slum Village One (as Jay Dilla) and 2 more… Slum Village - Trinity (Past, Present And Future)(CD, Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records, Barak Records, Barak Records Europe 2002 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Electric Circus album art Common Soul Power (as Dilla) and 1 more… Common - Electric Circus (Album) MCA Records, Island Records Group UK 2002 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Slum Village album art Slum Village One (as Jay Dilla) Slum Village - Slum Village(CD, Promo, Smplr) Capitol Records US 2002 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Pure Energy 9 album art Various Turn Me On (Love Child Remix) (as Jay Dilla) Various - Pure Energy 9(CD, Comp, Mixed) SPG Music Canada 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Soul Survivor II album art Pete Rock Niggaz Know (as J-Dilla) Pete Rock - Soul Survivor II(2xLP, Album, Gat) Rapster Records, BBE, Soul Brother Records (5) Europe 2004 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Grind Date album art De La Soul Much More (as J-Dilla) and 1 more… De La Soul - The Grind Date (Album) Ales Music South Korea 2004 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Triple P album art Platinum Pied Pipers Act Like You Know (as J. Dilla) and 1 more… Platinum Pied Pipers - Triple P (Album) Ubiquity US 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Be album art Common Love Is... (as DILLA) and 1 more… Common - Be (Album) Geffen Records, Geffen Records, Geffen Records US 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Shining EP album art J Dilla Baby (Clean) and 2 more… J Dilla - The Shining EP(12", EP, Ltd, Pic) BBE, Okayplayer Records UK 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Juice CD Volume 64 album art Various Wrong Place, Wrong Time Various - Juice CD Volume 64(CD, Comp) Juice Magazin Germany 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Project: Reach album art DutchMassive Seasoned Emcee (Part I & II) DutchMassive - Project: Reach(CDr, Comp, P/Mixed) Domination Recordings US 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Shining EP2 album art J Dilla Won't Do (Dirty) and 1 more… J Dilla - The Shining EP2(12", EP) BBE UK 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Ruff Draft album art J Dilla J Dilla - Ruff Draft(12", EP, RE + 12", S/Sided) Stones Throw Records US 2007 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The War L.P. album art Waajeed Waajeed - The War L.P.(CD, Mixed + CD, Comp) Fat City UK 2007 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Trash! album art NMZS NMZS - Trash!(8xFile, MP3, EP, VBR) Anti Alles Aktion Germany 2007
J Dilla - Abundance (Official Mixtape) album art PPP* Shotgun (Waajeed's Plinky Remix) (as Dilla) and 1 more… PPP* - Abundance (Official Mixtape)(CDr, Mixtape) Bling47 Recordings US 2008 Sell This Version
J Dilla - ...Mixing album art 4hero* Over The Breaks 4hero* - ...Mixing(CD, Comp, Mixed) Sonar Kollektiv Germany 2008 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Dilla Soul Glow / What They Do 2 Get Up album art A Dan Aikido Blend Dilla Soul Glow A Dan Aikido Blend - Dilla Soul Glow / What They Do 2 Get Up(7", Ltd, P/Unofficial, Promo) Black Belt Japan 2008 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Ultimate Hip Hop Album album art Various E=Mc2 (as J. Dilla) and 1 more… Various - The Ultimate Hip Hop Album(3xCD, Comp) Decadance Recordings UK & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Brainwork [Mixtape] album art Rod Roc Rod Roc - Brainwork [Mixtape](File, MP3, Mixtape, 320) Souled Out Radio US 2010
J Dilla - Fall In Love (Mixtape Single) album art BadBadNotGood BadBadNotGood - Fall In Love (Mixtape Single)(File, MP3, Single, VBR) Not On Label (BadBadNotGood Self-released) 2011
J Dilla - Unreleased (2006-2011) album art Essemm Finiss Essemm - Unreleased (2006-2011)(83xFile, MP3, Comp, 128) Garage Productions (2) Hungary 2011
J Dilla - Pirate Utopias (77 Lost Scrolls) album art Noah23 Based God Only Knows [2011] Noah23 - Pirate Utopias (77 Lost Scrolls)(77xFile, MP3, Comp) Plague Language Canada 2011
J Dilla - Suol Mates album art Fritz Kalkbrenner Won't Do (Instrumental) Fritz Kalkbrenner - Suol Mates Suol Germany 2012 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Let You Know EP album art 絶招* a.k.a Gudamanss Original Smoke and 2 more… 絶招* a.k.a Gudamanss - Let You Know EP(CDr, EP, Ltd) PizzaFlip, Enpizlab Records Japan 2012 Sell This Version

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June 23, 2020
You don't know hip hop till you know Dilla, soak it in
Bless up


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


September 30, 2016
edited over 4 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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