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ACTIVE:1993 - 2006

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), also known as J Dilla or Jay Dee, was an American record producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. Many critics believe J Dilla's work to have had a major influence on American hip hop music.

Yancey's career began slowly; he was highly regarded among the groups and rappers for which he produced, mostly notably including production for critically acclaimed albums by Common, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Pharcyde. He was a member of Slum Village for their acclaimed debut album Fantastic, Vol. 2.

In the early 2000s, Yancey's career as a solo artist began to improve; A solo album Welcome 2 Detroit was followed by a collaborative album with California producer Madlib, Champion Sound, which catalyzed the careers of both artists. Just as his music was becoming increasingly popular, Yancey died in 2006 of the blood disease TTP. -via Wikipedia 5/4/09


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macedonia on 05/04/09 at 11:42PM
recently i've started looking at hip-hop through two lenses: pre-Dilla and post-Dilla. and i don't think it's hyperbole to suggest such. the massive influence that James Yancey has had on hip-hop, soul, even jazz and other forms of music is immeasurable. listening to *Donuts* and hearing the original versions of the songs he flipped, from 10cc's "The Worst Band In The World" to Kool & The Gang's "Fruitman" to Raymond Scott's "Lightworks", you begin to understand Dilla's ear not only as a producer, but as an ARRANGER. give those records and a sampler to someone else and it just wouldn't be the same. his was a work ethic that all artists should strive for. considered the "Coltrane of beats" by some, hip-hop's Moses by others, Dilla was the world's greatest.
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