RIP J Dilla


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).

A friend from brought to my attention that due to legal problems and health issues, Dilla’s mother is having financial trouble. Mrs. Yancey, while battling Lupus, the same disease that took her son, is also battling to keep his home. SofaKing had posted a great idea: buy a tee and all the proceeds go to his mom. Even in these hard economic times, I figure this isn’t much to ask. I’m actually going to buy a couple, it’s the least I can do for the one who gave birth to one of the best in the game, and one of my [newest] inspirations. You can purchase the shirt here.  Vibe also has a list of places worldwide where you can cop from as well.

Cop Ma Duke’s compilation album, featuring Black Milk, Elzhi, Bahamadia, Frank N Dank, The Roots, Oh No, Talib Kweli, J-Rawls and more [Link]

The Vibe article [Read Here]

Also, on Stones Throw is Jaylib Live 2004, which was the first show Jaylib performed 4 years ago. Much more info, including a download link here.

Raise more awareness for Lupus

Check this mix with DJ Rhettmattic

Rest in peace Mr. Yancey.. you are sorely missed and never forgotten…


~ by redspyda on February 10, 2009.

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