Feb. 10, 2006: Legendary Detroit producer J. Dilla dies

Feb. 10, 2006: Legendary Detroit producer J. Dilla dies

On this day in 2006, celebrated hip hop producer and city native J Dilla joins the ancestors after a long illness believed to have been lupus. He was only 32. Born James Dewitt Yancey, he produced tracks for a who’s who of artists including: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Common, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, and Erykah […]

J Dilla: Rebirth of Detroit

Before emerging as one of hip hop’s most influential artists, J Dilla was a regular fixture in Detroit’s mid-1990s underground scene. His posthumous album, Rebirth of Detroit, is released today, with guest spots from local artists Danny Brown and Guilty Simpson. Watch the video for “Dillatroit,” a track on Rebirth of Detroit that features Nick […]