Medium: Digital C-Type on Fuji Crystal Archive (Matt), stamped, signed and numbered
Good To Know: Printed to order, shipped direct from the artist's studio
Arty-Fact: James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer, drummer, rapper and songwriter. He emerged in the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, as a member of the group Slum Village. He was also a member of the Soulquarians, a musical collective active during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
J Dilla died at the age of 32 from a combination of TTP and lupus. Although his life was short, he is considered one of the most influential producers in hip hop and popular music. Dilla's music raised the artistic level of hip-hop production in Detroit. According to The Guardian, "His affinity for crafting lengthy, melodic loops peppered with breakbeats and vocal samples took instrumental hip-hop into new, more musically complex realms." In particular, his approach to drum programming, with its loose, or "drunk" style that avoided quantisation, has been highly influential on both producers and live drummers, with Questlove calling him "The world's greatest drummer”.
"This photo was part of a Slum Village editorial for BLAG. Sally arranged it with their manager and brought Questlove as a surprise to join the interview.
"There was limited room, so these photos were all taken in a bathroom. I was crouched in the tub, and each group member was photographed individually due to size restrictions. J. Dilla was such a lovely, warm person. He's missed and remembered fondly." - Sarah J. Edwards
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