J Dilla Wiki, Discography, Family, Death

J Dilla was a popular record producer and rapper from America. He formed the band “Slum Village” along with the Rapper Battin and T3. Slum Village rose to fame in the mid-1990s as the underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. Later, Dilla left the band in 2001 and to pursue his solo career with MCA records. 

This rapper had an estimated net worth of $10 million. He died on February 10, 2006, three days after his birthday at his home in Los Angeles, due to cardiac arrest. 

Parents and family of J Dilla


Born on February 7, 1974, in Detroit, Michigan as the eldest son of Maureen and Dewitt. His mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey is a former famous opera singer, whereas father Dewitt Yancey was a Jazz Bassist and used to perform Globetrotters half-time shows for years. His mother says,  “Jazz was the music he grew up with and was raised on. Since he was a couple of months old, he wouldn’t go to sleep unless he heard jazz, so my husband had to sing and play for him to go to sleep. It was his lullaby music as a child in his nursery.”

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He transferred from Davis Aerospace Technical High School to Pershing High School, where he met future bandmates T3 and Baatin. Soon, they became friends after having a mutual interest in rap battles. Later, they formed a rap group called “Slum Village”.  He used to spend his teenage years in the basement alone practicing and training himself to produce beats. 

Net Worth of late J Dilla

During his rapping and recording career, he has accumulated a jaw-dropping net worth of $ 10 million. He was also one of the founders of the production collective known as The Soulquarians. In 2002, this rapper turned himself into a music producer after signing a solo deal with MCA Records. There he worked with other famous producers like Kanye West, Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz and so on. 

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His single “Fuck the Police” has earned lots of attention and rose to fame instantly. His mother, Maureen says, “That song was totally true. He caught so much flack from the police for being a clean young man. The police department was down the street from where we lived, and every time he pulled off they’d stop him and harass him. They even tossed the car once looking for something; because he was young and clean-cut, they thought he was selling drugs.”

“Proof was at the house one evening when James had another run-in with them. He had only gone to the gas station, which was three doors away. I told him not to get upset because he was hurt to tears. He was so angry and just tired of being harassed, so I told him, ‘Look, this is what you do—you go downstairs and make a song about it, and you laugh in their face.’ And that’s when he came up with the ‘“F” the Police’ thing. And people are still singing it today! Every time I go somewhere, that’s one of the songs they play.”

J Dilla’s Died at home

Record Producer Dilla, died on February 10, 2006, at age 32, in this home in Los Angeles, California. In 20013 he was diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a rare blood condition in 2003.

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THANK YOU JAY DEE For Being A Great Inspiration • For Blessing Our Ears • For Creating Timeless Music • For Being Original (1 of 1) • For Being A Great Influence • For Breaking Barriers • For Being A Trailblazer February 10th marks for over a decade since the untimely passing of a great pioneer, a general and music icon in the name of James Dewitt Yancey, Jay Dee aka J Dilla. Mainly known throughout the majority of his career as Jay Dee prior to the name change to J Dilla in 2001. Jay Dee crafted several remixes and classic tracks for likes of The Ummah (Production Collective), Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Janet Jackson, Common, Frank-n-Dank, Phat Kat and several others to name.. He was also one-third of the Detroit Hip Hop trio "Slum Village" James was only 32 when he passed away due to complications from a rare blood disorder TTP and from Lupus. He spent the final months of his life in a hospital in Los Angeles, while his mom left Detroit to be by his side to assist him every step of the way. His mother, who slept at the hospital, never left his side. She even managed to get music equipment, vinyl records and turntables into his hospital room during this period of time, which enabled Jay to keep pursuing and crafting what he loved to do, which was to create great music. Loved from all around the globe! Jay Dee will always be remembered as one of Hip Hop's most influentual and highly revered emcees/producers. MaDukes is now focused on nurturing the next generation of Young musicians and producers through the newly re-launched James Dewitt Yancey foundation. To contact & support the Family & Foundation directly please follow them on their official IG accounts below. @officialmadukes @illajyanceyboy @dillasdelights @jdillamerch @james_dewitt_yancey_foundation #45THSALUTE #THANKJAYDEE #JAYDEE #JDILLA #JAMESDEWITTYANCEY

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Later in 2004, his health becomes worse and again diagnosed with Lupus. He was quite slow but never stopped creating music until February 10, 2006, he left this world due to cardiac arrest. He released “Donuts”, his third solo LP on his birthday, three days prior to his death.