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J Dilla

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...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...

J Dilla's Donuts

Jordan Ferguson

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.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

33 1/3 Books

...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...