J Dilla. Legendary Hip Hop Beatmaker.
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James Dewitt Yancey’s (JAY DEE / J.DILLA / DILLA) legacy is celebrated in over 20 major cities worldwide during the month of February commemorating his birth & death (February 7, 1972 - February 10, 2006).

Raised in the Conant Gardens section of Detroit, Jay Dee has created chart topping singles for Dwele, Common, D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Q Tip, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, & many others as well as genre redefining solo releases. J DILLA’s work touched all seven continents, and left a forever mark on history and popular music. He is also credited with creating the genre known as “Neo-Soul”.

DILLA succumbed to Lupus in 2006, at the age of 32. DILLA's Mother, Maureen Yancey-Smith (Ma Dukes) and husband Toney Smith created the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation to ensure his musical legacy is at the forefront of providing music education.


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