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J Dilla

voc, 1974-2006 US, Detroit
Musician / Producer of Hip-Hop/Rap
A.k.a. James Dewitt Yancey James Yancey Jay Dee Jon Doe (4)

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 NPR.org, 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, The Roots, The Pharcyde and Common. Yancey died in 2006 of the blood disease thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Synthesizer
  • Electric piano
  • Guitar
  • Bass
Genres
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Don't Cry on Donuts by J Dilla
So Far to Go on The Shining by J Dilla
Yesterday on Jay Love Japan by J Dilla
Won't Do on The Shining by J Dilla
Time: The Donut of the Heart on Donuts by J Dilla
Workinonit on Donuts by J Dilla
Two Can Win on Donuts by J Dilla
U-Love on Donuts by J Dilla
Think Twice on Welcome 2 Detroit by Jay Dee & J Dilla
Stop on Donuts by J Dilla

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Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Motor CityJ Dilla2017Album
Nahh​.​.​Never Too Much DonutsJ Dilla2017Album
More DonutsJ Dilla2017Album
Jay Dee's Ma Dukes CollectionJ Dilla2017Album
Jay Dee A.K.A. King DillaJay Dee A.K.A. J Dilla2017Album
The SicknessJ Dilla, Nas2017Single
J Dilla's Delights (Vol. 1)J Dilla2017Album
J Dilla's Delights (Vol. 2)J Dilla2017Album
TrucksJ Dilla2016Album
The DiaryJ Dilla2016Album
The King Of Beats IIJ Dilla2016Album
Jay Love Japan (Bonus 7")J Dilla2016Album
The Dilla Turntable / The SicknessJ Dilla2016Single
The King Of BeatsJ Dilla2016Compil.
The Middle FingerJ Dilla2016Album
Beats Batch 3J Dilla2015Album
Beats Batch 2J Dilla2015Album
Beats Batch 1J Dilla2015Album
Beats Batch 4J Dilla2015Album
LoveJ Dilla Feat. Pharoahe Monch2015Single
The Light (A Collection Of Common Classics Produced By J Dilla)Common & J Dilla2015Compil.
DillatronicJ Dilla2015Album
Give Them What They WantJ Dilla2014Album
Anthem / TrucksJ Dilla2013Album
Lost Tapes Reels + MoreJ Dilla2013Album
The Lost Scrolls Vol. 1J Dilla2013Album
Diamonds & IceJ Dilla2013Album
Two LipsJ Dilla featuring Joey Bada$$2013Single
Respect The Detroit ArchitectJ Dilla2012Compil.
Rebirth Of DetroitJ Dilla2012Album
Jay Dee's Revenge / BirthrightJ Dilla2012Single
DillatroitJ Dilla2012Album
Think Twice / E=MC2James Yancey & Jay Dee & J Dilla2012Single
Donut ShopJ Dilla2010Album
Jay Stay Paid - J-Rocc Megamix SamplerJ Dilla, J Rocc2009Album
The Shining Original Samples LPJ Dilla2009Compil.
Jay Stay PaidJ Dilla2009Album
European VacationFrank-N-Dank & J Dilla2008Album
SniperliteJ Dilla, Ghostface Killah, MF Doom2008Album
See (Suite) / Mash's RevengeSupreme Team / J Dilla2007Album
Jay Love JapanJ Dilla2007Album
Wild / Make 'Em NVJ Dilla2007Album
Dirty Crushin'J Dilla2007Single
Anthology Volume 1J Dilla2006Compil.
The ShiningJ Dilla2006Album
Best Of Vol. 2J Dilla2006Compil.
The Shining EPJ Dilla2006Album
DonutsJ Dilla2006Album
The Shining EP2J Dilla2006Album
Pandemonium / LouderJ Dilla2006Album
Donuts 45J Dilla2006Single
The Shining EP2J Dilla2006Album
Anthology Volume 3J Dilla2006Compil.
Anthology Volume 6J Dilla2006Compil.
Donuts: The E.P. (J Rocc's Picks - SXSW 2006 - Adult Swim)J Dilla AKA Jay Dee2006Album
Welcome To CaliDouble F & J Dilla2006Album
Anthology Volume 5J Dilla2006Compil.
Anthology Volume 2J Dilla2006Compil.
Anthology Volume 4J Dilla2006Compil.
The Unofficial Jay Dee Instrumental CollectionJ Dilla2005Album
Pay JayJ Dilla2003Album
Welcome 2 DetroitJay Dee aka J Dilla2001Album
Rico Suave Bossa Nova (Benji B Edit)J DillaSingle
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