When did J Dilla pass away? J Dilla passed away on February 10, 2006
Superproducer and rapper J Dilla, born James Dewitt Yancey, transitioned from this world on February 10, 2006. He was an influential musical genius that worked with the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Common, The Roots, Slum Village, and many other rap acts in the '90s and '00s. His signature off-kilter style defied an otherwise quantized sound that was popular during that era. He teamed up with Madlib
J Dilla was a chronic Lupus patient with a rare blood disease. He left behind a legacy of beat tapes and instrumentals, most popularly Donuts. He died three days after his 32nd birthday at home in Los Angeles. His mother and two daughters survived him and a foundation was created in his name to find a cure for Lupus.