Today (Feb. 10), marks the sixth anniversary of the untimely death of hip-hop maestro James Yancey, aka J Dilla or Jay Dee or Dilla Dawg. The Slum Village member and Detroit-born producer died at the age of 32 from complications related to Lupus. Dilla may be gone, but his music and legacy has not been forgotten.
There were several tributes on the Internet(s), here are a few that I have found:
The Roots' Questlove offered an excellent summation on why J Dilla was "The Greatest Hip-Hop of All-Time." He states:
"As far as our definition of hip-hop production is concerned—as far as making beats—[Dilla] is absolutely without peer. Many will come after him and surpass him and do even crazier tricks, but for what my eyes have seen in those short nine years that I’ve known him, that’s going to be a very tall order to live up to. It’s [been]…God, six years since he passed [and] I still use his beats as the energy power pellets to my Pacmanology, if you will." -- [From XXL]
Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf says there's plenty of unreleased J Dilla music to present to the world. But first, he has to make sure the producer's estate is in order. [Complex]
Check out DJ Nu-Mark's J Dilla Tribute. Recorded Live at Raise It Up in 2011.
10 Facts About J Dilla You Might Not Know [props to Complex]
Dilla's mother Ma Dukes Talks About Dilla’s Legacy and the Future of His Estate [props to Complex]
Big Sean posted a track of him spitting bars over J Dilla's "Two Can Win" (From Donuts LP)