One Pager by Michael Doyle paying tribute to James Dewitt Yancey, aka J Dilla and Jay Dee, a record producer and rapper from Detroit, Michigan who passed away at 32 from a rare blood condition.
James Dewitt Yancey, better known by his stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was a record producer and rapper from Detroit, Michigan. In 2006, at the age of 32, he succumbed to a rare blood condition. At what would prove to be his final show, a homemade t-shirt was worn by a fan with the message “J Dilla Changed My Life”. This phrase would become synonymous with him, and epitomise the influence he has had through his work