His "Donuts" album was released last week.
Hip-hop producer/rapper J Dilla passed away today (Feb. 10) of an unspecified ailment in Los Angeles.
J Dilla (born James Yancy) was a founding member of Slum Village, and formed the group Jaylib with fellow producer/rapper Madlib.
He debuted as a solo artist with 2001’s “Welcome 2 Detroit” (BEE). His most recent album, “Donuts,” was released last week on Stones Throw Records.
As a producer, J Dilla—who was also known as Jay Dee—worked with artists such as Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Common, De La Soul, The Pharcyde and Erykah Badu.
He was also a member of The Ummah, A Tribe Called Quest’s production team.