On J Dilla's birthday, music fans remember the Detroit producer's contributions 

click to enlarge A 2003 PHOTO OF THE LATE J DILLA BY B+
  • A 2003 photo of the late J Dilla by B+

Born on Feb. 7, 1974, James Dewitt Yancey, (better known by the moniker J Dilla) is still remembered as one of Detroit's most highly revered artists.

The Detroit native and former student of Pershing High School established his credibility with a unique ability to select and cut samples from vinyl records, looping them into new creations which continue to inspire producers and rappers to this day. His most highly regarded album Donuts was released on this day in 2006, just three days before J Dilla died following complications from a rare blood disease. He was 32 years old.

On what would have been his 45th birthday, fans and members of the music community have come forward to remember the influential beatmaker whose contributions far surpass the hip-hop productions that made him famous.

From the artists that knew him...

...to the fans that were inspired by him...

...J Dilla's impact won't be forgotten.

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