Saturday, 11 February 2006

J Dilla RIP

I've just heard that J Dilla aka Jay Dee died yesterday. He was only 32.

Dilla's (real name James Yancey) death follows a three-year battle with lupus.

Dilla's work has permeated hip hop for well over a decade. His cuts for The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Common and Ghostface Killah are some of the finest in hip hop. He had just released a stunning new album, Donuts, and was supposed to be working on its follow-up.

Hip hop has lost a giant.

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