J Dilla
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Photo: Roger Erickson

J Dilla aka James Yancey, Jay Dee 1974-2006

Stones Throw began working with J Dilla in the early days of his solo career in the early 2000s. He would soon collaborate with Madlib in the group Jaylib, and eventually releasing the solo album Donuts on Stones Throw in 2006, which has come to be regarded as one of his signature works. 

J Dilla passed away on the morning of February 10th, 2006 at the age of 32. He had suffered for over three years with an incurable blood disease, and had also been diagnosed with lupus. He left behind a body of work which will be loved and rediscovered for years to come.

Our admiration for this artist, and our brief time working with him, is too much to cover in this small space, but we have a wealth of biographical and discography info, photos, interview and published features in the links below.  

J DILLA LINKS
J Dilla - Complete Discography
J Dilla - Official Biography

KEY WORKS
J Dilla - Donuts Album
J Dilla - Ruff Draft Album
Jaylib - Champion Sound Album

KEY NEWS FEATURES & TRIBUTES
J Dilla Cover Story Real Detroit Weekly, 2006
Jay Dee 1974-2006 Urb, 2006
Jay Dee's Last Days Detroit Free Press, Feb. 2006
Jaylib Live in 2004 Audio & Photos
J Dilla & Madlib at Rock the Bells Photos
B+ Remembers Dilla & Madlib in Brazil
Associated Press: J Dilla Obit
New York Times: J Dilla Obit
Behind the Beat: Photos: Inside J Dilla's studio, 2005
The Battle for J Dilla's Legacy Vibe, 2009
Reorganized J Dilla Estate Announced 2010