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J Dilla

Episode 5 of 5

In the final episode of 1Xtra's Gone Too Soon series, we celebrate the life of producer J Dilla, one of hip hop's most influential producers and artists, who died aged just 32.

It's a name you might not recognise - but you'll certainly know his music... James Dewitt Yancey, Jay Dee or more commonly known as J Dilla, is one of hip hop’s most influential producers and artists, but his genius was cut short at 32 after battling the incurable blood disease, lupus.

As part of the Gone Too Soon series, Benji B presents this 1Xtra story celebrating the incredible music J Dilla created during his lifetime which includes tracks for Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, The Pharcyde and De La Soul to name but a few.

Through interviews with Plug 2 from De La Soul, Mos Def, Questlove from The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, J.Rocc, Slum Village members T3 and Wajeed, his brother Illa J and his incredible mum, Ma Dukes, we learn about how he made those beats, what he was like as a person and the legacy he left behind. Benji also pays his own tribute to the man he knew for almost ten years and is his favourite producer of all time.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 5 Feb 2012 21:00

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Music Played

  • De La Soul

    Stakes is High

  • Slum Village

    Raise It Up

  • Janet Jackson

    Got 'til It's Gone

    • Got 'til It's Gone.
    • Virgin America.
  • Q‐Tip

    Breathe And Stop

    • Breathe and Stop (Radio Mix).
    • Arista.
  • Busta Rhymes

    Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check

    • Elektra.
  • Slum Village

    You Know What Love Is

  • Common

    The Light

    • MCA.
  • Pharoahe Monch

    We Must Be In Love

  • Slum Village

    Once Upon A Time (featuring Pete Rock)

  • Ice Cube

    AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

  • Leaders of the New School

    Case of the P.T.A.

  • James Brown

    Funky Drummer

    • PolyGram.
  • The Roots

    New Years at Jay Dee's


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