J Dilla [Yancey, James DeWitt; Jay Dee]
- Will Boone
(b Detroit, MI, Feb 7, 1974; d Los Angeles, CA, Feb 10, 2006). American hip-hop producer and MC. He grew up the oldest of four children in a musical household in Detroit, Michigan. In his late teens he honed his music production abilities in the Detroit studio of Parliament Funkadelic veteran Amp Fiddler. J Dilla’s embrace of tonal and rhythmic complexity, openness to diverse source material, and imaginative use of sampling was showcased in the mid-1990s on ...