Often called “your favorite producer’s favorite producer,” J-Dilla’s complex productions have gained respect from many of hip-hop’s elite. Having produced for artists ranging from local Detroit rappers to platinum-selling superstars, J Dilla was not just a great hip-hop producer, but also a versatile and a spectacular musician.
James Dewitt Yancey’s was born in 1974 to a jazz-bassist father and an opera-singing mother. While growing up in Detroit, Yancey took a liking to rapping and creating beats, which he did with the use of a simple tape deck. While in high school, Yancey (then calling himself Jay Dee) formed the hip-hop group Slum Village along with classmates Baatin and T3. Slum Village became a mainstay in... Read More