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.
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.
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.