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J Dilla

J Dilla artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

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February 12, 2009 The Detroit hip-hop producer James "J Dilla" Yancey died three years ago this weekend.

ListenPlaylist

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February 14, 2006 Influential hip-hop musician James Yancey died Monday after just a brief career in the spotlight.

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Discover Songs

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December 20, 2006 Tom Moon looks at this year's under-appreciated gems: the Shadow Classics of the future.

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March 9, 2006 One of the most beautiful, disquieting hip-hop tracks in recent memory lasts just 99 seconds.

News

J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib.

February 7, 2013 The legacy of the late hip-hop producer extended far beyond the beats he painstakingly created.

Marcus Anderson; credit: Alex Spoto / NPR

July 16, 2010 Concert ticket sales are down, but are live music fans feeling bullish?

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March 9, 2006 One of the most beautiful, disquieting hip-hop tracks in recent memory lasts just 99 seconds.

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