...While J Dilla’s productive career may have been short, it had a fundamental impact on hip-hop from the 1990s onward. Born James Yancey in 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, Dilla began his career under the name of Jay Dee. His parents, both...
Jordan Ferguson writes about hip-hop and culture at poetryforgravediggers.com. Originally from Windsor, Ontario, he lives and works in Toronto. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...From a Los Angeles hospital bed, equipped with little more than a laptop and a stack of records, James “J Dilla” Yancey crafted a set of tracks that would forever change the way beatmakers viewed their artform. The songs on Donuts...
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