Exclusive Interview: J Dilla's Mom Discusses Smithsonian Induction

August 13, 2014 5:20 PM

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Exclusive Interview: J Dilla's Mom Discusses Smithsonian Induction

J Dilla was a musical genius. His contribution both as a producer and rapper pioneered the musical platform that so many current artists have built on. His influence and collaboration with artists such as Kanye West, Erykah Badu, and Common remains relevant to this day, years after his untimely death in 2006. If your musical taste resides on planet Hip-Hop, there is no way you don't have a Dilla favorite. Heck, you probably can't decide on which one you like best. From his early collaboration in Slum Village to the classic "The Light" by Common, his unique production on tracks is quintessential not only past tense, but to its preservation and of the culture for generations to come.

J Dilla (aka James Dewitt Yancey, Jay Dee) was born in 1974 in Detroit, Michigan. Raised by musical parents, James began singing in the church choir at an early age. His early musical career began with childhood friends when they formed the group Slum Village. Perfecting his craft for hours in his b...

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