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J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib.
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February 7, 2013 The legacy of the late hip-hop producer extended far beyond the beats he painstakingly created. Since his death, it's also found artistic kinship in a generation of young jazz artists looking to square their instrumental training with their love of all modern music.
Marcus Anderson, standing outside Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat, says the most he's ever paid for a concert ticket was $265.
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July 16, 2010 With slumping concert sales dominating music industry headlines, we wondered if concertgoers are feeling the same way they're spending.
February 12, 2009 February isn't just Black History Month. It's also "J Dilla Month" — declared by Stones Throw Records in honor of the Detroit hip-hop producer James "J Dilla" Yancey. He died three years ago this weekend. The L.A.-based label worked closely with Dilla before he passed. Eothen "Egon" Alapatt, Stones Throw's general manager, talks about Dilla's music and legacy.
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December 20, 2006 Given the proliferation of year-end Top 10 lists, it seems natural that Shadow Classics — which gives shelter to under-appreciated music — would feature its own list of 2006 recordings likely to become Shadow Classics down the line. Don't let these gems go unnoticed.
March 9, 2006 One of the most beautiful, disquieting hip-hop tracks in recent memory, J Dilla's "Stop" packs its 99 seconds with melancholy strings and electric guitars, rugged beats and turntable scratches. The track is built on samples of Dionne Warwick's "You're Gonna Need Me."
February 14, 2006 Detriot musician James Yancey — also known as J Dilla and Jay Dee — was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists. But after just a brief career in the spotlight, he died Monday night at age 32 after battling lupus.
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