Remembering J Dilla

I remember like it was just yesterday in early 2006 a friend of mine told me about a famous hip hop producer has just died, I said “what is his name he.” said “J Dilla, ever heard of him?” I said “no.” He said “maybe you did he made a lot of beats for many rappers like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, The Pharcyde and Common. Then he gave me this CD called “Donuts” I pop it in my CD player and from then on I was hooked. Dilla was born James Dewitt Yancey Feb.7 1974 in Detroit, Michigan according to his mother, he could “match pitch perfect harmony” by “two-months old”, to the amazement of musician friends and relatives. He began collecting vinyl at the age of two and would be allowed to spin records in the park, an activity he enjoyed tremendously as a child. In his early career Jay Dee was known as a major hip hop prospect, with a string of singles and remix projects, for Janet Jackson, Pharcyde, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip’s solo album and others. Yancey died in 2006 of the blood disease thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. But his legacy will live on in many of albums after his death “Donuts”, “The Shining” and “Jay Stay Paid” just to name a few.300x300


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