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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Jay Dee: Rest In Peace

Hip-hop producer Jay Dee dead at 32
February 10, 2006

Hip-hop MC and producer Jay Dee (also known as J Dilla), a founding member of the Detroit rap outfit Slum Village, died Friday morning of kidney failure at his home in Los Angeles, officials at his record label said Friday evening.

Born James Yancey, he was a nationally influential producer and a champion of Detroit’s urban music scene. When hip-hop was largely being dominated by the East and West coasts, he put a distinct Detroit sound on many national acts.
He celebrated his 32nd birthday Tuesday with a new album release, “Donuts.”

“Jay Dee was the man with the beats,” said Mark Hicks, who has been on the Detroit hip-hop scene since the early 1990s and is a former manager of the group D12. Hicks got the word that Jay Dee died from Detroit rapper Proof, who sent him a message via his Blackberry.
“I remember when he was selling beats back in ’95, ’96 for like 100 or 200 bucks,” Hicks said. Beats are the instrumental tracks that form the backbone of hip-hop music.“Everybody went to him. He was selective. Even back then, you could see him being a producer in the long run just on how he made the music He took the artists and said, ‘This is how you should lyrically say this.’ He was a prodigy.” If you saw him in the studio, it was like he was the man.”

Guided by an encyclopedic ear and a jazz musician’s touch, he molded a signature style that blended hip-hop street bounce with a progressive flair. Live instruments were digitally processed into strange new tones, and vintage soul samples mixed with obscure rock records, with his own warm synthesizer lines layered on top.“He invented the sound of Detroit hip-hop,” said Waverly Alford, the Detroit rapper known as King Gordy. “He was Detroit hip-hop.”
Jay Dee worked with artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and Janet Jackson. Even so, he retained a distinct underground attitude. He recorded in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York.

In a statement, Peter Adarkwah, founder of BBE Records, said he was deeply saddened to learn of his death. “Jay was one of my favorite hip-hop producers of all time. His passion for music was a rare thing amongst people in the music industry. His music and presence will be sorely missed for many years to come.”BBE was to release Jay Dee’s “The Shining” a follow-up to 2001’s “Welcome To Detroit” in June of this year.

Jay Dee rarely gave interviews, preferring to stay out of the spotlight. The music community knew, however, that he had health problems. Last year in an interview with the hip-hop magazine XXL, he denied reports that he had been in a coma, but said he spent two months in a hospital’s ICU “with all types of tubes.”He told the magazine, “I went overseas for two weeks and was eating all this crazy ... food. As soon as I got back, I had the flu or something, and I had to check myself into the hospital.” He said the doctors discovered that, “I had a ruptured kidney and was malnourished from not eating the right kind of food. It was real simple, but it ended with me being in the hospital.”Always the producer, he had a friend bring him a sound system and some vinyl so he could make beats in the hospital.

Denaun Porter, a sought-after producer in his own right, has said that Jay Dee influenced him to pursue his career. Like others who would go on to become members of Detroit’s hip-hop elite, Porter was hanging out in the mid-1990s at the Hip Hop Shop. The clothing store on Detroit’s west side hosted open mic shows and became an epicenter of the city’s emerging hip-hop scene. Porter said it wasn’t until 1996 that he got serious about making music for a living. That’s when he saw Jay Dee come to the shop in a money green Jaguar. “I never knew anybody that wasn’t a drug dealer drive a car like that,” Porter said. “I liked that life a little more.”

Jay Dee Dee’s musical production came from humble beginnings. He started humbly, making beats on a tape deck. In 1992, Amp Fiddler taught him how to work an MPC-60, an electronic drum machine commonly used in R&B and hip-hop music.Around 1988, Jay Dee formed Slum Village with Baatin and T3, friends from Pershing High School. Even though he left the group after their first national album, (“Fantastic Vol. 2,” released in 2000), they remained friends and he even produced later tracks for Slum Village.The group now consists of rappers Elzhi and T3. Both are out of the country, and couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

"Slum Village, man, they were doing their thing,’’ said Terry Scott of Tonya’s Music, a mom-and-pop shop on Detroit’s east side. “He was a pretty hot producer here in Detroit, the first big thing to come out of Detroit as far as producers.“He was very young. I met him a couple of times. He came in the shop. For a brother like that to die at a young age, that’s sad. This is a loss to Detroit.”

Brian (B.Kyle) Atkins, a longtime documentarian of the hip-hop group the Roots, reported on the Stones Throw Records Web site that a memorial service will be Tuesday in Los Angeles. A Detroit service may be scheduled later.

I'm just out of words. Feels just like losing a friend. I just purchased Donuts and was enjoying that shit like hell. And a few hours later the man gets called out to heaven.
Some stuff to remember him by.

Slum Village - Climax
Slum Village - Raise It Up
Jaylib ft FranknDank - McNasty Filth
Jay Dee Remixes (Promo 2001)

In stead of being sad, just reminisce on the good memories you had with Jay Dee. Let me start of with the first time I heard the Look Of Love Remix. I banged it on repeat, and in 2006 it's still in my playlist. Timeless! Drop your highlights.


  • At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    one of the best producer no doubt,....R.I.P Jay,..we will miss him,...

  • At 7:21 PM, Blogger The Humanity Critic said…

    Rest in Peace brother..

  • At 8:03 AM, Blogger idiotproof67 said…

    That's a good write up you found.

    Hope his friends & family are holding up.
    Will be sorely missed.

    Thanks for the vids.
    Try to use
    Trouble free. It lasts until it has been inactive for 15 days. Really fast as well.
    Rapid never works for me. Always invalid...

  • At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    One of the most talented hip hop producers of all-time. So much nice music, Pharcyde - She Said Rmx kills me everytime. I sincerely hope he's Resting In Peace.

  • At 11:14 AM, Blogger boog-a-licious said…

    I don't see how Yahoo (and other media) report about "some cat(s)" affiliated with that 50 cent shooting or whatever and this does not get any pub. It just makes me upset...

    Jay Dee rocked the world with his dope drums and overall production. As I have said in other blogs/forums, Dilla's influence in his music will stand the test of time. Musically, he left us with so much to cherish...
    Rest In Peace

  • At 8:41 PM, Anonymous mordecai said…


    too young.

  • At 4:14 AM, Anonymous danthrax said…

    I thought Jay Dee was kind of an interesting guy back when I listened to Pharcyde records. I also knew that he was starting to have a real impact on Tribe Called Quest's sound. I heard a rumor out there that Q-Tip once said Dilla could flow on his own beats better than anyone else -- a very high endorsement. So I was a little curious to hear the man behind the beats after that.

    Once Fantastic Vol 2 dropped, Jay Dee became one of my favorite producers. This was as I came to recognize work he was doing on the side, and even from before that I had never linked to him.

    Once he dropped Champion Sound with Madlib, he became arguably my favorite producer. Definitely my favorite producer of the moment. The guy was the most innovative producer in the genre in the past few years.

    He died way too young. I can't help but feel like the best was yet to come.


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