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Thursday, February 12, 2009

the man we knew as dilla...

From Wiki

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), 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 was also a driving force in the production trio The Ummah. Yancey started his career under the name Jay Dee (based on his initials) but used the name J Dilla from 2001 onward. Many critics believe J Dilla's 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-90s to the early 2000s).

J Dilla was often dubbed "your favorite producer's favorite producer," and was highly regarded by hip hop artists and producers such as Madlib, Pete Rock, Common, Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Pharrell, Waajeed, Karriem Riggins, Flying Lotus, 9th Wonder , A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Kanye West, and ?uestlove. About.com ranked J Dilla #15 on their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list.

Here's a bit of his discography...

* 1997 Slum Village - Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1) (Donut Boy Recordings) (2006 re-release: Counterflow)
* 2000 Slum Village - Fantastic, Vol. 2 (Goodvibe)
* 2000 Slum Village (as J-88) - Best Kept Secret EP (Groove Attack)
* 2001 Jay Dee - Welcome 2 Detroit (Barely Breaking Even)
* 2003 J Dilla - Ruff Draft EP (Mummy/Groove Attack) (2007 2CD/2LP - Stones Throw)
* 2003 Jaylib - Champion Sound (Stones Throw)
* 2006 J Dilla - Donuts (Stones Throw)
* 2006 J Dilla - The Shining (Barely Breaking Even)
* 2008 J Dilla - Jay Love Japan (Operation Unknown, official release uncertain)