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

Albums

LIBCD001 J Dilla - Live On Chocolate City album art Madlib Think Twice Madlib - Live On Chocolate City(CD, Album, Unofficial) Liberated Records LIBCD001 US 2001 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Best Kept Secret Mix CD album art Various Fight Club Various - Best Kept Secret Mix CD(CD, Promo, Smplr) Bling47 Recordings none US 2003 Sell This Version
B47CD1113 Bling 47 Fight Club Bling 47 - Best Kept Secret Mix(CD) Bling47 Recordings B47CD1113 US 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Beat Generation album art Various Think Twice and 1 more… Various - The Beat Generation (Comp) Rapster Records France 2004 Sell This Version
DSP05 J Dilla - Class Is In Session album art DJ Skully, DJ IQ Move DJ Skully, DJ IQ - Class Is In Session(CD, Album, P/Mixed) Dat Sound Productions DSP05 UK 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Mind Fusion Vol. 5 album art Madlib Baby and 4 more… Madlib - Mind Fusion Vol. 5 Mind Fusion US 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Peanut Butter Wolf Presents Stones Throw Ten Years album art Various Two Can Win and 1 more… Various - Peanut Butter Wolf Presents Stones Throw Ten Years (Comp) Stones Throw Records US 2006 Sell This Version
B47CD1111 J Dilla - BPM Instrumentals / Best Kept Secret Mix album art Waajeed / Various Fight Club Waajeed / Various - BPM Instrumentals / Best Kept Secret Mix(2xCD) Bling47 Recordings B47CD1111 US 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Back To Mine album art Bugz In The Attic Workinonit Bugz In The Attic - Back To Mine (Comp) DMC UK 2007 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Beats, Rhymes And Life album art Jay Dee The $ and 4 more… Jay Dee - Beats, Rhymes And Life(2xCD, Unofficial, Mix) LZO Records none France 2007 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - The Look Of Love (Hip Hop Is Alive) (A Dedication To Dilla) album art Statik Selektah* And Q-Tip The Abstract* So Far To Go Statik Selektah* And Q-Tip The Abstract* - The Look Of Love (Hip Hop Is Alive) (A Dedication To Dilla)(CDr, Mixtape, Promo, Unofficial) Not On Label none US 2007 Sell This Version
none DJ Fudge (2) Push and 1 more… DJ Fudge (2) - All You Can Drink Volume 1(CDr, Ltd, Mixtape) Dumpsterdive none US 2007 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - The Payback Volume 1 album art DJ Evo Fall In Love DJ Evo - The Payback Volume 1(CD, Mixtape, Promo) Beatstreet Records, RudeBWOY SoundSYSTEM REC. none Canada 2007 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Tape #49 album art DJ BK Mash's Revenge DJ BK - Tape #49 Not On Label (DJ BK Self-released) Germany 2008 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Cities To Mountaintops album art Kutmah Untitled Kutmah - Cities To Mountaintops dublab France 2008 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Crush Mode album art The Glitch Mob The Game Is Not Over The Glitch Mob - Crush Mode Not On Label (The Glitch Mob Self-released) US 2009 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - The [Abstract] Best Vol 1 album art J.Period* / Q-Tip Let's Ride (as Jay Dilla) J.Period* / Q-Tip - The [Abstract] Best Vol 1(CD, Mixed) Truelements Music none US 2009 Sell This Version
none Lee Lawson Walkinonit (Broken & Blue) (as Dilla) Lee Lawson - Hot Winter's Day: Leened, Blended & Chopped(26xFile, MP3) Not On Label none US 2009
UMB 002 J Dilla -  Ugly Mac Beer Invasion II: Happy... Doomsday album art Ugly Mac Beer Mash’s Revenge Ugly Mac Beer - Ugly Mac Beer Invasion II: Happy... Doomsday(CD, Mixtape, Unofficial) Not On Label UMB 002 France 2009 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - How Hard Do You Hustle Vol. 8: Wrapped Up In Nottz album art Mr. Peter Parker Coke On Plastic Mr. Peter Parker - How Hard Do You Hustle Vol. 8: Wrapped Up In Nottz(21xFile, MP3, Unofficial) Detox none US 2009
J Dilla - Summertime (The Mixtape) album art DJ Jazzy Jeff + Mick Boogie Think Twice DJ Jazzy Jeff + Mick Boogie - Summertime (The Mixtape) Mixtapes.com, The Mix Unit US 2010 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Best Of 2009 album art Dj Akilles 24k Rap Dj Akilles - Best Of 2009(32xFile, MP3, 320) Not On Label none Sweden 2010
J Dilla - Suol Mates album art Fritz Kalkbrenner Won't Do (Instrumental) Fritz Kalkbrenner - Suol Mates Suol Germany 2012 Sell This Version
STS238LP Carmen Villain Nothing Like This (instrumental) Carmen Villain - Sleeper(LP, Album + CD, Album + CDr, Mixed, Promo) Smalltown Supersound STS238LP Norway 2013 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - 15:06:13-16:06:13/15.06.13/SG Subtitle: The One Hour Piece album art Various Welcome 2 Detroit Instrumental Various - 15:06:13-16:06:13/15.06.13/SG Subtitle: The One Hour Piece(Cass, Ltd, Flu) Not On Label none UK 2013 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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