J Dilla

Born 7 February 1974. Died 10 February 2006.

US hip hop producer

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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 who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. According to his obituary at, he "was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists", working with big-name acts including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, MF Doom, Poe, The Roots, The Pharcyde and Common. Yancey died in 2006 of the blood disease thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

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  1. Review of Donuts

    Donuts 2006

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Dilla had a Midas touch which has reached beyond his tragically short lifetime.
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