Saturday, February 11, 2006

RIP J Dilla

James Yancey aka Jay Dilla died February 10, 2006 of what appears to be liver failure. One of the most prolific yet consistently underrated producers in hip hop, J dilla has the sonic architec for the post-native tongue conscious hip hop movement. If you are a fan of Tribe Called Quest's last two albums, Pharcyde, De la Soul, Common, Erykah Badu, or D'angelo, you are well aware of his work. He was also one third of the group Slum Village. Known for putting incredibly long hours in the studio, he was hospitalized recently for kidney failure that stemmed from malnutrition. This past Tuesday he released an album of instrumentals entitled Donuts that has received critical acclaim from several sources. He was 32 years old.

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Brother Tallness said...

more info.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hip-hop producer J Dilla, whose soulful beats formed the backdrop to songs by such artists as Common and A Tribe Called Quest, died Friday of complications from lupus, his manager said. He was 32.

J Dilla, or Jay Dee was born James Yancey and raised in Detroit. He had been living with his mother in Los Angeles since he was found to have the immune system disease about three years ago, said his manager, Timothy Maynor.

He formed the trio Slum Village in the late 1990s but left for a solo career after its successful first album. In 2003, he teamed with fellow rapper-producer Madlib for the critically acclaimed "Champion Sound" in which each rapped over the other's beats.

He contributed tracks to The Pharcyde's second album, 1995's "Labcabincalifornia," produced much of A Tribe Called Quest's "The Love Movement" in 1998, and worked with Common on several albums.

His most recent CD, the instrumental "Donuts," was released Tuesday. He had also finished recording a compilation album called "Welcome To Detroit, Vol. 2" that Watts said will be released.

Lupus is a disease in which a person's immune system goes into overdrive and attacks the body's normal, healthy cells.