J Dilla (aka Jay Dee)
J Dilla was born James Dewitt Yancey on February 7, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, to Maureen and Beverly Yancey. From the onset, music was intrinsic to Jay's life. His mother Maureen was an accomplished singer and lover of classical music and opera. His father Beverly was a gifted vocalist and bass player fond of vocal harmonies and jazz, who played professionally for 25 years before taking a job at Ford. ...show more
J Dilla was born James Dewitt Yancey on February 7, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, to Maureen and Beverly Yancey. From the onset, music was intrinsic to Jay's life. His mother Maureen was an accomplished singer and lover of classical music and opera. His father Beverly was a gifted vocalist and bass player fond of vocal harmonies and jazz, who played professionally for 25 years before taking a job at Ford.
A two-year-old Jay would gurgle along in perfect pitch to the sound of his father practicing on his upright bass until it lulled him to sleep. Especially aware of the dangers that faced unoccupied youths growing up in their Detroit neighborhood of Conant Gardens, the Yancey's set out to keep their children as busy as possible between cub scouts, music lessons, youth choir, and any other church activities. Nurturing their son's early passion for music, Jay was always enrolled in some kind of music class, excelling on the piano, violin and cello, before moving on to the drums. But it was the lure of the boom-bap which ultimately moved him from the church pews to the studio.
"When I heard Run-D.M.C.'s "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)" and Whodini's "Big Mouth", it made me curious to how the beats were made. Those songs were the first time I heard the beats that weren't melodic - just drums. Being someone who was taking drum lessons at the time, that made me real curious. That led me into deejaying, which slowly led to me deejaying parties and that eventually led me into production." A fortuitous meeting with another talented Conant Gardens resident provided Jay with the direction necessary to pursue his dream. ...show less
Albums & Singles by J Dilla (aka Jay Dee)
Playlists Containing Tracks by J Dilla (aka Jay Dee)
STUFF THOM YORKE LIKES
Memory Lane: Rap Circa 2000-2010
Hip-Hop With A Sprinkle Of Funk
Hip Hop / experimental hip hop / old school …
Trip Hop & Downtempo Collection
Smooth Instrumental Beats
the very best of Decent Music
The /mu/ Essentials
A Starter's Guide to Instrumental Hip-Hop
Electronica I Love (updated often)
Good ish real hip-hop
Classic Hip Hop, Soul & RnB!
The Child of Lov - Artist Playlist
J Dilla - Jay Dee Productions
Old School Hip hop
Beats, Lounge & Triphop
All Time Best Albums
Scarf and Coffee
Mos Def - Off The Record
The Definitive House & Techno Playlist
Playlists We Love
Indie Feel Good
A hand picked selection of new indie music chosen to put a lift in your step & a smile on your face.
New Releases UK
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the UK
UK TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the top-selling singles in the UK, updated regularly.
USA TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the best-selling singles in the United States, updated regularly.
New Releases USA
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the USA
The very latest under-the-radar tracks you need to hear
Weekly Top 100 Tracks
Every Monday we publish a chart of the Top 100 tracks added to playlists in the previous week
The World's Most Perfect Pop Songs
The most perfect pop songs from around the world.
This is the perfect playlist to unwind & relax to
Songs To Fall Asleep To
Feeling tired? This playlist is designed to help you unwind and send you to sleep.