Jay Dee Lives On

Published: 2006-03-30
Like many great artists before him, many people discovered Jay Dee after reading about him in the obituaries.

Though the hip hop producer and MC failed to gain mainstream success during his lifetime, he was highly praised by those in the industry up until his death in February. Dee's passing was the result of an ongoing battle with a rare and incurable blood disease.

Despite the fact that he was in hospital for most of his last days, Dee worked from a portable studio on his new album The Shining , which will be released on July 11. Busta Rhymes, Common, Madlib, and Pharoahe Monch all lent a hand to the album, which was about 85 percent finished when Jay Dee passed away. The disc will also come with a DVD detailing the life of the rapper.

Along with the release of his new album, a flock of hip hop 'who's who' will gather at the Radio City Music Hall for two nights on May 18 and 19 to benefit Jay Dee's family. Artists like The Roots, Most Def, Nas, Common, and Erykah Badu will all join the benefit.

Jay Dee's last album Donuts, an instrumental hip hop record, was released just days before his death.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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Dude inspired me.
Posted by: Anonymous on March 30, 2006
Dillas music set the tone for all new and upcoming producers I myself find his music to be the raw blueprint to Hip-Hop. He was indeed the greatest.
Posted by: Anonymous on August 13, 2006
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