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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...

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Jaylib – Champion Sound Remixes – on vinyl

In the store | JAYLIB - CHAMPION SOUND REMIXES Back in 2007, Madlib remixed every J Dilla vocal tracks on their collaboration album, Champion Sound.... Read More

J Dilla - Donuts, 10th anniversary vinyl

In the store | J DILLA - DONUTS 10th anniversary edition: Drawing cover, gatefold, UV sleeve, 2/LP. When Donuts came out, on J Dilla's birthday,... Read More

Check out the Donuts T-shirt

In the store | J DILLA DONUTS (ILLUSTRATED COVER) T-SHIRT When we began working on J Dilla's Donuts in summer of 2005, I brought Dilla... Read More

Dilla - Give 'em what they want

In the store | J DILLA - GIVE EM WHAT THEY WANT The latest in a series of vinyl releases leading up to Dilla's lost... Read More

Excerpt: J Dilla's Donuts 33 1/3

In the store | J DILLA'S DONUTS 33 1/3 33 1/3's book on J Dilla's Donuts will be released April 24, 2014. When we first... Read More

J Dilla tributes 2014

February marks both J Dilla's birthday (February 7, 1974) and the anniversary of his passing (February 10, 2006), as well as the release date of... Read More

The silver donut.

“I witnessed the death of the CD/Liberate yourself from that format and be free” – Talib Kweli (MED's "Classic") While the media and certain rappers... Read More

J Dilla - Diamonds and Ice

In the store | J Dilla - Diamonds & Ice This is the second single from J Dilla's infamous "long lost" vocal album, The Diary,... Read More

J Dilla beats on vinyl: The Yancey Boys instrumentals 2/LP

In the store | J Dilla - Yancey Boys Instrumentals 2/LP white vinyl About five years ago, J Dilla's younger brother John "Illa J" Yancey... Read More

J Dilla - Anthem / Trucks 12-inch

In the store | J Dilla - Anthem / Trucks 12-inch First single from J Dilla's infamous "long lost" vocal album, mixed and mastered for... Read More

J Dilla's Vinyl Collection on Fuse TV's Crate Diggers

Fuse TV's Crate Diggers series meets up with hip-hop producers and DJs and peeks into their record collections. Past episodes include J Rocc, Wolf, Rhettmatic.... Read More

Watch: Raise it up! Dilla tribute from Mochilla

Nice work from the crew at Mochilla - Eric Coleman, B+ and crew. Raise it up! Soundtrack: Hugh Hopper & Alan Gowen "Morning Order" /... Read More

J Dilla's 48 Hours instrumentals on vinyl

In the store | J Dilla - 48 Hours Instrumentals LP J Dilla's production 48 Hours for Frank N Dank, released officially for the first... Read More

J Dilla Wild 12-inch with sleeve

In the store | J DILLA - WILD 12-inch single now issued with long-overdue sleeve. Back in 2007 we were putting together our reissue of... Read More

J Dilla - Donuts - 45 Box Set

In the store | DONUTS 45 BOX SET Box of donuts: 8 x 7-inch singles - album & bonus tracks. J Dilla's Donuts began simply... Read More

J Dilla Changed My Life T-shirt

In the store - J Dilla Changed My Life T-Shirt toy Updated Oct. 2012 | The J DILLA CHANGED MY LIFE T-shirt is back, manufactured... Read More

J Dilla F--- the Police (the J.Rocc re-work)

A re-edit of the classic track by J Dilla, "Fuck the Police". J. Rocc writes: “Here's a snippet of a little something that I was... Read More

Dilla Breaks: Look of Love

Video from Waajeed & Bling 47 The Look of Love is one of Slum Villages most well know songs. It’s live intro was recorded by... Read More

B+ gallery from the Stones Throw photo show

Below are by the photographer B+, prints from the Stones Throw photo show that happened in late April. B's prints will not be available here... Read More

J Dilla: Ruff Draft Beats

IN THE STORE: J DILLA - RUFF DRAFT BEATS 1/LP with chip board cover. Stones Throw has reissued J Dilla's Ruff Draft Instrumentals with a... Read More

J Dilla - U-Love (Video)

Here is a video for Dilla's "U-Love" off Donuts, sent to us a little too late for inclusion in our video contest.  This was created... Read More

DJ Mehdi / Loukoums

This was Mehdi's homage to J Dilla, created back in 2006, pressed up on about 200 CDs by Ed Banger Records for friends.  Busy P... Read More

J Dilla - Last Donut of the Night (Video)

STONES THROW VIDEO CONTEST HONORABLE MENTIONS / #15-11 / #10-6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Peanut Butter Wolf: THANKS TO... Read More

J Dilla - Geek Down (Video)

STONES THROW VIDEO CONTEST HONORABLE MENTIONS / #15-11 / #10-6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 #5. J DILLA "GEEK DOWN"... Read More

Hi. J Dilla clip.

Hi, from Donuts. This was shot in Paris by JC Morice for the ongoing VIDEO CONTEST. Read More

Behind the smile: J Dilla's Donuts

Here's some raw footage from MED's “Push” video featuring J Dilla which became the source for the Donuts album cover. The director Andrew Gura sent... Read More

J Dilla: Behind The Beat (Poster)

IN THE STORE: J DILLA - BEHIND THE BEAT (POSTER) 28 x 28 inches Back in 2005, photographer Raph Rashid was hoping to complete a... Read More

Unearthed: Hella International 3x12-inch Box Set

IN THE STORE: HELLA INTERNATIONAL (3 x 12-INCH BOX SET) Update: we are sold out! Remaining supply of the 2008 limited edition release featuring exclusive... Read More

Free Download: J Dilla - Donut Shop

Since the release of the J Dilla x Serato collab Donut Shop we've had several requests to make the MP3s available in our store. We'll... Read More

the Donut Shop is open

IN THE STORE J DILLA - DONUT SHOP Now in stock - begins shipping Wed., June 23.  Special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered this record... Read More

Donut Shop: Update

Donut Shop's estimated ship date was May 10th.  Due to a delay in manufacturing the vinyl, the ship date is been pushed to June. We... Read More

NY Mag. on J Dilla's Safety Dance

Written by Amos Barshad for NYMag.com, published March 16, 2010 Ahead of the May 10 release of J Dilla’s Donut Shop — an instrumental mini-album... Read More

J Dilla Donut Shop (Serato/Stones Throw) 2 Discs, 2 Slipmats and Dilla beats

IN THE STORE J DILLA - DONUT SHOP Serato and Stones Throw have teamed with the J Dilla Estate for the official J Dilla Serato... Read More

J Dilla documentary, Pt. 3 by Stussy

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The limited edition J Dilla t-shirt was created by Stussy/Dilla Estate/Stones Throw. We have sold out but... Read More

J Dilla documentary, Pt. 2 by Stussy

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The limited edition J Dilla t-shirt was created by Stussy/Dilla Estate/Stones Throw. Grab 'em at Stussy. We... Read More

J Dilla documentary, Pt. 1 by Stussy

Stussy has produced a 3-part documentary on J Dilla's life during his later years in Los Angeles, interviewing a few of the people he worked... Read More

Common Remembers J Dilla

Below: J Dilla, Common & Karriem Riggins before Jaylib's debut show in 2004; Jaylib and Common on stage. More Here. Read More

Feb. 13 is Dilla Day: DJ in-store events at Stussy locations

Celebrating the release of the J Dilla tee on Feb. 13, we've teamed up with Stussy for a number of live DJ in-store events in... Read More

J Dilla by Stussy

IN THE STORE J DILLA BY STUSSY Stussy and Stones Throw Records have partnered for Raph Rashid's classic pic of J Dilla on a limited-edition... Read More

J Dilla news: reorganized estate, foundation, website, and upcoming projects

In the year since Vibe Magazine published the article The Battle for J Dilla's Legacy, exposing the behind-the-scenes disaster of the J Dilla estate, many... Read More

Guilty Simpson talks “Stress” and Dilla

Originally published on Dominic Umile's blog dominicumile.wordpress.com In a story I wrote about a handful of Detroit talents in 2007 — I talked to Guilty... Read More

Mos Def, Madlib, Oh No, J Dilla and Georgia Anne Muldrow

Several Stones Throw artists and Stones Throw instrumentals are included on Mos Def's new album The Estatic, which will be released June 9. Supermagic -... Read More

Ma Dukes with “The Dilla Ensemble” at Berklee College of Music

By Chris Faraone for thephoenix.com If you follow hip-hop the way stalkers follow blondes, then it might seem that the mania surrounding Detroit producer J... Read More

eMusic: Maureen Yancey Remembers Her Son, J Dilla

Pubished by eMusic.com: Hey Ma - Maureen Yancey Remembers Her Son, J Dilla There's a disarming effervescence to Maureen Yancey as she shares memories of... Read More

Obey x Dilla

Obey's Shepard Fairey, with B+, has created a print of J. Dilla based on B+'s 2003 Jaylib photograph. The 400 prints (18 in x 24... Read More

From the J.Rocc Vaults: Ruff Draft, Toronto, 2007

J. ROCC: “As I get ready for Nightlife tomorrow night (2/14/09)...I like to re-visit sets of the past. Here's one from the archives... This party... Read More

Jaylib Live 2004

J ROCC WRITES: This is the first show we ever did. It was a party for the release of the Madvillain LP. We didn't practice... Read More

Paris Apeshit for Dilla

Some guys in Paris had a show in honor of J Dilla. House Shoes spun. Crowd went apeshit. Pics by Mr Mass (www). Read More

Dilla Month!

A few of the events happening around the country paying tribute to J Dilla: SUITE FOR MA DUKES SUN, FEB 22, LOS ANGELES Miguel Atwood-Ferguson... Read More

Raise It Up for Ma Dukes!

Parra didn't like what he read in this Vibe article so he got to work. T-SHIRT: Raise It Up for Ma Dukes! Available now. Maureen... Read More

The Battle for J Dilla's Legacy


Stones Throw Posters, Prints, Artwork

Stones Throw has always been about more than music. It's been creativity of many kinds: DJing, beat making, photos, artwork, and 3-foot-high anteater-looking vandals, among... Read More


CASSETTE J Dilla Ruff Draft. “...straight from the muthaf#%kn cassette!” Released only with the TURN IT UP box set. T-SHIRT TURN IT UP! A Little... Read More

Dilla Ghost Doom

In late 2005 Ghostface Killa and MF DOOM were both recording over tracks from J Dilla's instrumental opus, Donuts, which saw release the following February.... Read More

The Real Dilla

Written by Reed Fischer for CMJ, published April 2007. A year after his death, getting to know enigmatic rapper/producer J Dilla hasn’t gotten any easier.... Read More

J Dilla Ruff Draft

In the store | J Dilla - Ruff Draft 2CD/2LP "Before we get this started, let me explain it. It's Ruff Draft. For my real... Read More

The story behind some of J Dilla's greatest productions

Interviews with Common, Kweli, Ma Dukes, Badu, Phat Kat and others by Egon, Eric Ducker and Edwin Houghton, originally published by Fader, 2006. Think twice,... Read More

Reformation of a Dilla Skeptic

By now I would think that most everybody has seen the t-shirt that states “Dilla Changed My Life.” Obviously Dilla’s influence was felt far and... Read More

J Dilla Changed My Life

We didn't know his identity when we received a photo of a man wearing this hand-made shirt the day after what turned out to be... Read More

Fantastic Voyage


Jay Dee 1974-2006

Like the rest of the hip-hop nation, URB mourns the passing of J Dilla ... and more importantly, celebrates his Life. In these pages, those... Read More


Tuesday night at Northern Lights Lounge in Detroit was Shoes’ House — and the room was stacked. This Tuesday (Feb. 7), in particular, was something... Read More

Thank You Jay Dee, Act 1

Our first podcast was released in March, 2006: A dedication to the late J Dilla, mixed by J Rocc on February 13, 2006. J.Rocc planned... Read More

Jay Dee's Last Days

The untold story of the noted Detroit hip-hop producer's drive to make music in the face of life-threatening illnessIt was near the end of summer... Read More

J Dilla and Madlib in Brazil

Dilla was a friend of Mochilla for many years before we knew him. We are those heads that lived and breathed his rumbling unquantised kicks... Read More

New York Times Obit: James Yancey, 32, Producer Known for Soulful Hip-Hop

New York Times, Feb. 14, 2006 by Kelefa Sanneh James Yancey, the innovative and influential hip-hop producer known as J Dilla or Jay Dee, died... Read More

J Dilla, 32. Rapper Became an Influential Hip-Hop Producer

James Yancey, known as J Dilla, an influential hip-hop producer whose music formed the backdrop to songs by artists including Common and A Tribe Called... Read More

Behind the Beat: Hip-Hop Home Studios book with J Dilla and Madlib

BEHIND THE BEAT: HIP HOP HOME STUDIOS by Rafael Rashid Ginko Press 160 Pages, 320 Color photos. Publication: December 1, 2005 Behind the Beat is... Read More

Mighty Healthy

Earlier this year, hip-hop sites began publishing reports that J Dilla (a.k.a. Jay Dee) was comatose and lying on his deathbed. Well, here's a newsflash:... Read More

J Dilla and Madlib Live: Jaylib at Rock The Bells

J Dilla, Madlib, and J Rocc at Rock The Bells, Anaheim, CA, 2004. Photos by Scott Dukes www | flickr Read More

Madvillain. Jaylib. 4 Shows.

Official Annoucement: J Dilla a.k.a. Jay Dee will be performing live at the Madvillain record release parties in LA, SF, NY, & Toronto. APR 2,... Read More

High Fidelity

When Madlib and Jay Dee, the celebrated hip-hop producers who collaborate under the Jaylib moniker, come together, you'd expect sparks to fly. But the Detroit-based... Read More

Do the Math

Jay Dee's musical beginnings were a bit more formal than his partner's (Madlib). "Since elementary (school), I've always been taking some type of music class,"... Read More

J Dilla and Madlib are Jaylib

J Dilla & Madlib are collaborating on an album to be released in 2003 under the name Jaylib. Production and vocals will be shared equally,... Read More

Soul Under Control

KING magazine Editor-In-Chief Datwon Thomas conducted the following interview with Jay Dee back in February of 2001 for Platform.net. Finding your way in a world... Read More

J Dilla

J Dilla aka James YanceyJay 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