"One of the most important musicians of our time. When we think of John Coltrane,
Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye,
J Dilla will be going down along that history line of greatness!"
- Common (XXL Magazine)
Ten years ago today exactly the world lost hip-hop production genius J Dilla. Also an emcee, the artist was born James Dewitt Yancey and was also known as Jay Dee. He died on February 10th, 2006 at the age of 32 following a battle with lupus. But even on his sickbed he worked on music, a lot of it for the album Donuts (Stones Throw) that was released just three days before his tragic passing. The quote above by Common, who was roomies with Dilla after he moved from Detroit to LA in 2004, is typical of the type of reverence Dilla receives from his peers. Similarly to Common, Madlib also made a Dilla/Coltrane cross reference. "Dilla was like a Coltrane," said MadLib who had collaborated with him as JayLib. "When Coltrane was there, everybody tried to follow what he did. And when he died mothafuckers didn't know what to do," said MadLib in the documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records.