Real Name:
James Dewitt Yancey
Profile:
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

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J Dilla - Eve album art Spacek Eve (J-Dilla Remix) Spacek - Eve Not On Label UK 2000 Sell This Version
Iclassic 004 J Dilla - "Love Junkee" Dilla Remix album art DJ Cam Feat Cameo Love Junkee (Dilla Vocal Remix) (as Dilla) and 1 more… DJ Cam Feat Cameo - "Love Junkee" Dilla Remix(12") Inflamable Iclassic 004 France 2002 Sell This Version
CAS 54767 J Dilla - Fanatic (Urban Mixes) album art Vivian Green Fanatic (Dilla's Remix) Vivian Green - Fanatic (Urban Mixes)(12") Columbia CAS 54767 US 2003 Sell This Version
KOC-CD-8495 J Dilla - Soulshine album art DJ Cam Love Junkee (Dub Mix) (as Dilla) DJ Cam - Soulshine(2xCD, Album) Koch Records KOC-CD-8495 US 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Come Close album art Common Featuring Erykah Badu, Pharrell* And Q-Tip Come Close (Remix) (Closer) (Instrumental) and 2 more… Common Featuring Erykah Badu, Pharrell* And Q-Tip - Come Close (Single) MCA Records US 2003 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Blue Note Revisited album art Various Oblighetto (J Dilla Remix) Various - Blue Note Revisited (Comp, Album) Blue Note Europe 2004 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Liquid Hip Hop album art DJ Cam Love Junkee (J Dilla Remix) DJ Cam - Liquid Hip Hop (Album) Inflamable France 2004 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Blue Note Trip - Jazzanova - Scrambled album art Various Oblighetto (J Dilla Remix) Various - Blue Note Trip - Jazzanova - Scrambled (Comp) Blue Note Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Chrome Mix album art Peanut Butter Wolf Hydrant Game (Jaylib Remix) Peanut Butter Wolf - Chrome Mix (Comp) Stones Throw Records, [adult swim] US 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - The Shining album art J Dilla Dime Piece (Remix) J Dilla - The Shining (Album) BBE UK 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Revisited By album art DJ Cam Love Junkee (J Dilla Remix) DJ Cam - Revisited By (Album, Comp) Inflamable France 2005 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Dilla Dedication album art Little Green Apples Come Close (Remix) Little Green Apples - Dilla Dedication(CD, Unofficial) Not On Label none US 2006 Sell This Version
DILLP005 J Dilla - Anthology Volume 5 album art J Dilla Say How I Feel (as J-Dilla) J Dilla - Anthology Volume 5(2xLP, Comp, Unofficial) Grand Slam Records DILLP005 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
CTGD 8480 J Dilla - Cool Common Collected (A Fine Collection Of Remixes & Rarities) album art Common Come Close (Remix) (Closer) Common - Cool Common Collected (A Fine Collection Of Remixes & Rarities)(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Chi Town Gettin' Down Inc. CTGD 8480 US 2006 Sell This Version
DILLP002 J Dilla - Anthology Volume 2 album art J Dilla Fanatic (Dilla's Remix) (as Dilla) J Dilla - Anthology Volume 2(2xLP, Comp, Unofficial) Grand Slam Records DILLP002 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
RC8383 J Dilla - J Dilla Remixes album art Jay Dee Jay Dee - J Dilla Remixes(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Rap Classics (3) RC8383 US 2006 Sell This Version
STH2186 J Dilla - 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War album art Peanut Butter Wolf Hydrant Game (Jaylib Remix) Peanut Butter Wolf - 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War(2xLP, Comp) Stones Throw Records STH2186 US 2007 Sell This Version
50999 5185722 6, 7243 5831792 3, 7243 593657 2 5, 7243 473093 2 8, 7243 474464 2 9, 0946 360989 2 0, 50999 513423 2 6 J Dilla - Blue Note Trip - The 12-CD Collection album art Various Oblighetto (J Dilla Remix) Various - Blue Note Trip - The 12-CD Collection(Box, Comp, Promo, Con + 12xCD, Comp, Mixed) Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 50999 5185722 6, 7243 5831792 3, 7243 593657 2 5, 7243 473093 2 8, 7243 474464 2 9, 0946 360989 2 0, 50999 513423 2 6 Netherlands 2007 Sell This Version
OTCD-2142 J Dilla - Lost & Found 2 album art Various Me & My Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine (Remix) Various - Lost & Found 2(CD, Comp) Octave, Ultra-Vybe, Inc. OTCD-2142 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
MJRXLP003 J Dilla - Remixes Vol. 3 album art MJ* History (J-Dilla Remix) (as J-Dilla) MJ* - Remixes Vol. 3(2xLP, Promo, Unofficial) Not On Label (Michael Jackson) MJRXLP003 UK 2009 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - You Know What Love Is - A J Dilla Tribute : Vol 1 & 2 album art DJ Spin Doctor Ill Vibe (as J-Dilla) DJ Spin Doctor - You Know What Love Is - A J Dilla Tribute : Vol 1 & 2(2xCD, Mixed, Unofficial) Not On Label (Doctor's Orders) none 2009 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - When The Lights Go Out album art W Steele Fingertips (Dilla Mix) (as Dilla) W Steele - When The Lights Go Out(CD, Mixed) Sleeping Giant Music none US 2009 Sell This Version
RYJ1 J Dilla - Ooh (J Dilla Remix) album art Mary J. Blige Ooh Mary J. Blige - Ooh (J Dilla Remix)(12", S/Sided, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label RYJ1 2010 Sell This Version
OIL046 J Dilla - Drive Technics album art DJ Zeek Eve J-Dilla Remix DJ Zeek - Drive Technics(CDr, Ltd, Mixed) Oil Works OIL046 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
RA.211 J Dilla - RA.211 album art Nicolas Jaar Love Junkie (J Dilla Remix) Nicolas Jaar - RA.211(File, MP3, Mixed) Resident Advisor RA.211 UK 2010

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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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