Fev 11 2006, 3h52

RIP Jay Dee - undeniably one of the greatest

Hip-Hop producer J-Dilla has passed away due to an unspecified ailment. J-Dilla, born James Yancey, was a member of Slum Village and worked with various Hip-Hop artists including Common, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest and others.

In 2005, rumors spread that the rapper/producer had died suddenly. Those rumors were debunked by J-Dilla's label, Stones Throw, but verified the producer did spend considerable time in the hospital. Stone’s Throw wasn’t at liberty to confirm the death of the rapper, but Slum Village group member T-3 confirmed the unfortunate event on his MySpace web page.

“I’m f**ked up, my n***a just passed away,” T3 posted on the website. Friends and fans posted their condolences on T3’s site.

One poster said, “Yo 3, hold ya head up man. I know how it is to lose someone you consider blood not just in the game, but also in just life period. I didn't even know DILLA personally, but he influenced me as producer and changed my whole life and aspect as a musician. Duke, keep your head up! His life was a blessing to many including myself. You, Elzhi, and batin are in my prayers. We love you Dilla”

In a 2004 interview with Urb magazine, J-Dilla disclosed that he had kidney problems as a result of malnutrition.

"What happened was that the doctor told me that I'd ruptured my kidney from being too busy and being stressed out and not eating right," J-Dilla told Urb. "He told me that if I'd waited another day, I might not have made it."

"Sometimes that fixation can be a good thing and sometimes it can be bad. There'd be days when I wouldn't eat at all because I'd be in the basement working all day," said Jay Dee. "This is definitely my second chance, my wakeup call. I still love the music, but I wouldn't put it first in my life. It's family first - and then everything else."

Representatives for Stones Throw Records confirmed hearing of the death, but could not offer a confirmation.

After being the in-house producer for Slum Village, J-Dilla left the group after their first national album, Fantastic Vol. 2., which was released on the Barak label.

The rapper debuted with his solo offering, Welcome To Detroit on BBE.

After joining Stones Throw in 2003, he formed the critically acclaimed group Jaylib with producer/rapper Madlib and released the album Champion Sound.

The rapper recorded the foundation for the 45-mintue instrumental album Donuts while hospitalized and in his home studio. Donuts hits stores on Feb. 7 on Stones Throw.

According to Stones Throw's website, the producer was finishing a tour, which included appearances in Melbourne, Australia tomorrow as well as dates in Montreal, Canada and San Francisco.


  • Nachtkrabb

    the best has gone... :(

    Fev 11 2006, 3h57
  • tinylox

    He'll be missed. He changed the way I thought about music

    Fev 11 2006, 4h28
  • kaysha2201

    He had really that unique sound, so roots... The music stays

    Fev 11 2006, 11h43
  • smmurphy

    That's right, the music stays. That guy worked so hard. Its tough to hear he's gone, but the music was his life, and the music stays. RIP J Dilla

    Fev 11 2006, 18h12
  • MC_George

    Rest In Peace. Like you sad the music always stays :(

    Fev 12 2006, 15h03
  • LilTheater

    Never heard of him before, I should check out some of his work. R.I.P. regardless.

    Fev 13 2006, 4h14
  • SuperstarPt0

    i never really knew that someone i did not know could have such an impact on me. Dilla has always been one of my favorite producers, mainly cause he did the production for alot of my favorite artists...from de la, to tribe, common, talib, pharcyde etc etc....i always put dilla right behind rza on my list.... r.i.p.

    Fev 13 2006, 12h47
  • karmakord

    liltheater, i'm putting together a dilla dedication playlist. i'm sure you'll be familiar with a lot of the songs on it :).

    Fev 14 2006, 18h50
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