Happy Birthday J Dilla: Fans Celebrate Life of Late Hip-Hop Icon on Twitter

James Dewitt Yancey, aka J Dilla and Jay Dee, was one of the most iconic hip-hop beat-makers of all time. He would’ve turned 43 years old today, February 7, 2017. Unfortunately, the Detroit producer died in 2006 of the blood disease thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. But fans and colleagues alike are taking to Twitter today to celebrate the Donuts creator’s life and music.

The official social media accounts for the late hip-hop producer have also been sharing a number of images of Dilla, including this one:

Here’s a sampling of Twitter posts from fans celebrating J Dilla’s birthday:

Dilla fans are countless at this point, especially considering his influence on rap. Hip-hop artists have rarely stayed quiet about the importance of Dilla’s music, so it’s no surprise to see them sharing some love for him. Head over to the official J Dilla Twitter account to see a number of retweets from artists that wished him a happy birthday today.

We aren’t through celebrating the producer just yet. The 11th annual J Dilla tribute, Donuts Are Forever, is taking place on February 19 at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City. Tickets are on sale now.

This show could feature previously unheard and/or unreleased tracks from Dilla, according to Brooklyn Vegan. Here’s his previously unreleased song, “Ghetto Wishing,” which was unearthed right before what would’ve been his 43rd birthday.

J Dilla – Ghetto Wishing "ADBT"Music: Jay Dee aka J Dilla Video: Gus Sutherland Archival Footage: Justin Kovar A/V Installation #2 The Unseen – A Detroit Beat Tape A Film By Gus Sutherland The Unseen explores the soul and roots of Detroit Hip Hop Production, mirroring the sketchpad style format of a beat tape. Loosely acting as a prequel to…2017-02-01T23:58:56.000Z

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