The Impact of J Dilla

This is the legacy of one James Dewitt Yancey also known as the one and only J Dilla. Born Feb. 7th 1974 and passing Feb. 10th 2006, J Dilla has been regarded as one the best Hip Hop producers of all time.

Examining the Late Producers influence on Music

By:Jarrod Horton
Staff Writer

In 1997 James Dewitt Yancey help produced the first single for Janet Jackson’s “Velvet Rope” Album, the title of the song was “Got till its Gone”. Here is Mr. Yancey explaining that experience: “Janet Jackson and how that whole thing worked out, it started with Q-Tip doing ‘Poetic Justice’ with her, how they met, they became cool friends. One day Tip called like he does for anybody else and asked me did I have anything for Janet. What happened is that Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and I collaborated on this track and made it happened but when the song came out, it had that it was produced by someone else.”

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