Saturday, February 07, 2009

Happy Birthday J-Dilla

James Yancey, aka J-Dilla, was one of hip-hop's rarest talents. A producer/MC, his work influenced a generation of artists who respected his innovative beat-making techniques, mimicked his original style, and borrowed freely from his influential career.

He passed away three years ago, and today would have been his 35th birthday.

Below is recording of his first live performance with Madlib, collectively known as JayLib. Their album "Champion Sound" is one of my all-time favorites (along with Dilla's 2002 CD "Welcome to Detroit"). Respect the architect, RIP Dilla.

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