When was J Dilla Born? J Dilla was born on February 7, 1974
James Yancy aka J Dilla was born in Detroit in 1974, to a musical family. His father Beverly Dewitt Yancey was a Jazz bassist and his mother Maureen was an opera singer. He got a start in hip-hop production when Amp Fiddler let him use his MPC in the 1990s. He went on to work with the likes of Busta Rhymes, Janet Jackson, Q-Tip, The Roots, Common, and others in his career.
Known for melodic loops and breakbeats that didn’t follow a typical pattern, Dilla’s sound gained a cult-like status and his beat tapes became things of legend in the pre-streaming world. Sadly, he passed away from complications with Lupus in 2006. He is the best-known producer to come out of the musical city of Detroit and his style continues to influence generations that came after.