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J Dilla

About

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper. He emerged in the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, as a member of the group Slum Village. He was also a member of the Soulquarians, a musical collective active during the late 1990s and early 2000s.Yancey died at the age of 32 from a combination of TTP and lupus. Although his life was short, he is considered one of the most influential producers in hip hop and popular music. According to The Guardian, "His affinity for crafting lengthy, melodic loops peppered with breakbeats and vocal samples took instrumental hip-hop into new, more musically complex realms."

Articles

January 27, 2022

Dilla Time Dives Into the Life and Legacy of a Hip-Hop Genius

This excerpt from Dan Charnas’ new J Dilla biography details the producer’s mainstream rise, thanks to A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip.

pitchfork.com

January 23, 2022

How J Dilla Reinvented Rhythm

In this exclusive excerpt from hip-hop historian Dan Charnas' excellent new book, Dilla Time, we get the inside story of how iconic beatmaker J Dilla and an elite group of musicians, including D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Questlove, changed the shape of rap and R&B forever

www.rollingstone.com

October 4, 2021

The 200 Most Important Artists of Pitchfork’s First 25 Years

From Bon Iver to J Dilla to Beyoncé, these are the musicians who made the biggest impact across Pitchfork’s lifetime so far.

pitchfork.com

June 8, 2021

quickly, quickly’s “Everything Is Different (to Me)” Is Psych-Pop for Sunnier Days

Influenced by producers like J Dilla and Madlib, the Portland songwriter ruminates over percolating beats and swooning strings.

pitchfork.com

Discs

Welcome 2 Detroit - the 20th Anniversary Edition

February 5, 2021

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Ruff Draft (Dilla's Mix)

April 20, 2018

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J Dilla's Delights, Vol. 1

June 16, 2017

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Motor City

April 21, 2017

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Jay Dee's Ma Dukes Collection

December 23, 2016

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Champion Sound: The Remix

November 25, 2016

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Jay Dee a.k.a. King Dilla

October 17, 2016

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The Shining – the 10th Anniversary Collection

August 19, 2016

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Jay Love Japan

June 6, 2016

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The Diary

April 16, 2016

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The King of Beats, Vol 2: Lost Scrolls

February 19, 2016

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Dillatronic

October 30, 2015

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The Diary (Instrumental)

July 8, 2015

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The King of Beats, Vol. 1

February 7, 2015

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The King of Beats (Batch #4)

February 7, 2015

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The King of Beats (Batch #3)

February 7, 2015

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The King of Beats (Batch #2)

February 7, 2015

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The King of Beats (Batch #1)

February 7, 2015

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Lost Tapes, Reels + More

February 5, 2015

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Rebirth of Detroit Instrumentals

May 6, 2014

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Dillatroit

December 10, 2013

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Think Twice / E = Mc2

January 1, 2012

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The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Presents: Come Get It (Where You At)

March 29, 2011

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Jay Stay Paid

June 2, 2009

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Reality Check

May 12, 2009

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Ruff Draft

March 20, 2007

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Jay Deelicious 95-98 - The Delicious Vinyl Years (Originals, Remixes & Rarities)

January 1, 2007

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The Shining Instrumentals

October 16, 2006

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The Shining

August 21, 2006

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Donuts

February 7, 2006

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The Shining EP2

January 1, 2006

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Champion Sound

January 1, 2003

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Welcome 2 Detroit Instrumental

January 1, 2001

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The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Presents: Jay Dee - Pause

January 1, 2001

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Welcome 2 Detroit (Clean Version)

January 1, 2001

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Welcome 2 Detroit

January 1, 2001

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