February 7th is the birthday of one of the greatest producers in the history of hip-hop, James Dewitt Yancey a.k.a. J Dilla. Many musicians honored the late great producer with tributes and words of gratitude for his extensive and inspiring body of work.
Danny Blaze featuring Tab One – Thank You Mr. Yancey
Danny Blaze runs down his whole history with J Dilla. He had dreams of working with him as an up and coming artist, but before that he listened to J Dilla’s CDs and got lost in the music. Blaze goes onto say that he would have never become a rapper if it weren’t for J Dilla.
The video consists of tons of stock footage of J Dilla and other hip-hop stars who worked with him.
Scattle’s J Dilla Tribute
Scattle released a 22 minute mix called Dewitt which was made in memory of J Dilla.
Millennium Jazz’s J Dilla Tribute
Millennium Jazz created Ruff Graft, an in-house collaborative beat-tape, to pay homage to J Dilla.
Mindful Music YouTube channel released The Mindful Vibes Episode 9.5. The opening track is from the Ruff Graft tape above, but the others are culled from a variety of J Dilla-inspired artists. A full track listing is available on the YouTube video page. On the YouTube page Mindful Music reminds you that J Dilla and Nujabes were born on the same day. You can listen to a Nujabes mix here.
MF DOOM’s Tribute
MF Doom sent out a video calling for a moment of silence after he shouted out the producer’s name several times.
J Dilla passed away in 2006 from a rare blood disease. He had just turned 32. He worked with some of hip-hop’s biggest names and left behind hours of music some of which has been posthumously released. If you want to listen to the man himself here is a 28-hour playlist of his music. That should hold you over.