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Who was J Dilla? 

James Dewitt Yancey, also known by his stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was a well-known American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and drummer. He was an influential member of the underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, in the mid-1990s as a part of the group Slum Village. Yancey was also part of the Soulquarians, a musical collective active in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Sadly, Yancey passed away at the young age of 32 due to a combination of TTP and lupus. Despite his short life, his impact on hip hop and popular music is undeniable, as he is widely considered to be one of the most influential producers in the industry. Yancey’s unique style of crafting lengthy, melodic loops with breakbeats and vocal samples elevated instrumental hip-hop into more musically complex realms. His loose, unquantized drum programming style, known for its “drunk” feel, has also been highly influential on producers and drummers alike.


Details on J Dilla cause of death

In early 2002, J Dilla became ill after returning from Europe and went to his parent’s house complaining of a cold or flu. He was taken to the emergency room where doctors discovered that his blood platelet count was dangerously low. After further tests, he was diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a rare and life-threatening blood disorder that causes blood clots to form throughout the body, limiting blood flow to organs. Dilla had to be in and out of the hospital for several years because of his condition, which also led to kidney failure and the need for dialysis. In 2005, he was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body. Despite his ongoing health struggles, Dilla continued to produce music until his death on February 10, 2006, at the age of 32. According to his mother, he died from cardiac arrest, which was likely related to his previous health issues.

How did J Dilla die?

J Dilla, who passed away at home, had been admitted to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles at the end of summer 2005. During his hospital stay, he created two songs for his final solo album, Donuts, which was released three days before his death. The Detroit Free Press reported that he was in a wheelchair and had trouble speaking and using his hands. Billboard later reported that J Dilla died due to complications from lupus. His mother, who took care of him day and night during the last two years of his life, stated that he was still making music until the day before he died. A year after his death, J Dilla received the PLUG Award for Artist of the Year posthumously. In 2015, the late rapper Phife Dawg spoke about collaborating with J Dilla, calling it a “dope record” with a “crazy” bass line. During a video montage at the PLUG Awards, J Dilla was honored by his mother and fellow artists such as Pharrell and Common, who J Dilla produced the Grammy-nominated song “The Light” for. “The Light” has been recognized as one of the few classic modern-day rap love songs by MTV.

Professional career of J Dilla 

In the year 2000, Slum Village made their major label debut with Fantastic, Vol. 2, which introduced Yancey as both a producer and an MC to a new fan base. He was also a co-founding member of The Soulquarians, a production collective that included Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, D’Angelo, and James Poyser, among others, and this brought him even more recognition. Following this, he collaborated with Erykah Badu, Poe, Talib Kweli, and Common, significantly contributing to the latter’s critically acclaimed breakthrough album, Like Water for Chocolate.

In 2001, he made his solo artist debut with the single “Fuck the Police” (Up Above Records), followed by the album Welcome 2 Detroit, which initiated British independent record label BBE’s “Beat Generation” series. That same year, Yancey began using the name J Dilla to differentiate himself from another artist who goes by “J.D.” He departed from Slum Village to pursue a solo career with MCA Records, a major label.

In 2002, Yancey produced Frank-N-Dank’s 48 Hours, as well as a solo album, which were both unreleased, although the former surfaced through bootlegging. MCA Records requested a record with a more significant commercial appeal, which led to the re-recording of most of the tracks with little to no samples. Neither version of the album was successful, and Yancey expressed disappointment that his music never reached his fans.

Around this time, he also contributed to the production of Bilal’s Love for Sale album, and the singer praised Yancey for showing him a unique approach to drum programming.

In 2002, Yancey signed a solo deal with MCA Records, and even though he was more recognized as a producer than an MC, he decided to rap on the album and have the music produced by some of his favorite producers, such as Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Supa Dave West, Kanye West, Nottz, Waajeed, and others. The album was put on hold due to changes at the label, and eventually, it was not released.

While waiting for the album’s release, Yancey recorded Ruff Draft, which was released exclusively on vinyl by the German label Groove Attack. However, this album was also unsuccessful, leading him to release his work independently. In a 2003 interview with Groove Attack, Yancey expressed his preference for putting out music independently, rather than signing with a major label and waiting for the release of his music.

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