BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Stories - Gone Too Soon
It’s a name you might not recognise - but you’ll certainly know his music… James Dewitt Yancey, Jay Dee or more commonly known as J Dilla, is one of hip hop’s most influential producers and artists, but his genius was cut short at 32 after battling the incurable blood disease, lupus.
As part of the Gone Too Soon series, Benji B presents this 1Xtra story celebrating the incredible music J Dilla created during his lifetime which includes tracks for Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, The Pharcyde and De La Soul to name but a few.
Through interviews with Plug 2 from De La Soul, Mos Def, Questlove from The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, J.Rocc, Slum Village members T3 and Wajeed, his brother Illa J and his incredible mum, Ma Dukes, we learn about how he made those beats, what he was like as a person and the legacy he left behind. Benji also pays his own tribute to the man he knew for almost ten years and is his favourite producer of all time.
Cocaine 80s - “Not No More”…off the Ghost Lady EP.
Recently Common shot a video for his upcoming single during a trip to Haiti. The track “Sweet” will be released under the upcoming LP The Dreamer, The Believer. If this LP is anything like…
I recorded this on a tape recorder. Mos & Common freestyle an entire song called “Life is Good” with his band A Black Girl Named Becky. Fast Forward, ended up meeting Dilla (R.I.P), Bob Power, Common & Jaguar Wright at Electric Lady one night and she made him listen to this. I think he used the verse for the intro on Like Water For Chocolate.