BBC Radio 1Xtra ran a series of programs yesterday dedicated to the lives of several notable hip-hip and R&B artists who tragically passed away at a young age. One of them focused on the life of James Dewitt Yancey, better known as J Dilla, who died in February 2006 from cardiac arrest. His influence on music is well documented and far reaching, as he worked with everyone from A Tribe Called Quest to Poe to Erykah Badu to Madlib to De La Soul to Busta Rhymes.
I could go on, of course, but I’ll let Benji B over at BBC Radio 1 handle it. In the audio documentary, Benji shares a host of records and interviews from some of the artists Dilla worked with and influenced. You also get to hear from his brother (Illa J) and mother (Ma Dukes), the latter of whom is working on releasing another posthumous Dilla record. You can listen to the audio doc at BBC Radio 1Xtra.