J Dilla

J Dilla and the brilliant art of 'listening'

On the latest episode of ‘Broken Record’, Rick Rubin chats with his longtime friend Dan Charnas. Charnas is a Hip Hop journalist, professor, former A&R, and author of ‘Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla.’
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Boldy James Says He Has A Project Produced By J Dilla On The Way: ‘I Got The Last Of The Dilla Stash’

While there are plenty of hip-hop producers who can make hits, there is one name that remains highly coveted among most others. J Dilla, the late Detroit producer responsible for classics from the likes of Common, The Roots, Janet Jackson, The Pharcyde, and more, is known for crafting timeless records; because he’s gone, though, getting a Dilla beat is a little like seeing Haley’s Comet. It’s an increasingly rare phenomenon and the recipients are considered among rap’s finest.
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A new book explores how J Dilla forever changed hip-hop

James Dewitt Yancey, the Detroit producer famously known as J Dilla, died at just age of 32, but he changed the shape of hip-hop and music forever. He weaved together a variety of artists — from Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest, to Common and Erykah Badu — in a unique way that solidified his legacy in the industry.

Romantic Dining Suggestions, A Valentine's Day 'Good Vibe,' Finding Love After 50, A New Book About Producer J Dilla, Listening Party: Nation of Language

It is officially Valentine's Day! Maybe that statement scared you because you have yet to make any plans for yourself and your significant other. Not to worry though, we have you covered here on All Of It. Ryan Sutton, chief restaurant critic at Eater, joins us to talk where to dine-out for Valentine's Day, including any special deals, and anywhere with particularly good takeout, in case you feel like staying in.

2DopeRadio: Salute To J Dilla, Vol. 3

Today (Feb. 7) would have marked the 48th birthday of one James Dewitt Yancey, better known as Jay Dee and/or J Dilla. As many of us know, the prolific producer and rapper passed of a combination of a rare blood disease and lupus, robbing the music world of one of its most proliferative talents.

Virtual event planned with author of new J Dilla book

DETROIT – The author of a new book on the life of iconic Detroit hip hop producer J Dilla will participate in a virtual event this week hosted at Detroit’s Source Booksellers. Dan Charnas will sit down for a conversation on the new book “Dilla Time,” which chronicles...

Learn about legendary Detroit hip hop producer J Dilla, who reinvented rhythm

When you think of hip-hop roots in Detroit, there is one producer that is considered the cornerstone of the culture. Grammy nominated J Dilla began as member of the group “Slum village” and became an iconic producer. A new book is being released today called “Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm”

How the NBA’s John Salley gave Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla his first big break

A new book — Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm, out now on MCD/Farrar, Straus, Giroux — chronicles the life and legacy of James DeWitt Yancey, the influential rapper and producer from Detroit whose promising career was cut short when he died in 2006 at age 32 following a battle with a rare blood disease. In this excerpt, shared exclusively with Metro Times, Yancey and his partner T3, then two-thirds of Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village, link up with NBA player John Salley and producer R.J. Rice to get Slum Village a record deal.
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COLUMN: Why Detroit musician J Dilla should be on your playlist this fall

Every year around October, I try to capitalize on my favorite season by immersing myself in as many fall-related things as possible. My month isn’t complete until I’ve crossed off my mental checklist: Visit a cider mill or corn maze, watch low budget horror films, enjoy the changing leaves and cozy, chilly weather, attend at least one Halloween-themed event of any kind, etc. — anything to immerse myself in the spirit of fall.