J Dilla, "Gone Too Soon" / A retrospective on the life and legacy

The BBC has an hour-long feature celebrating the life and legacy of one James Dewitt Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla. Many of his collaborators and family members were interviewed to provide a more in-depth perspective on the man and his music, since Dilla was someone who preferred to make beats, and in turn didn't sit down for many interviews.

Gone Too Soon


Some days, I still can't believe J Dilla's gone, even though it's been five years since he passed on. I still remember being in a bed and breakfast in Providence, RI, picking up the Boston Phoenix and seeing a blurb on the top cover that made me do a double-take: James "Jay Dee" Yancey, 1974-2006. I thought it was a joke, but I immediately turned to the back, and there was his eulogy in the music section. It's terrible that he died so incredibly young but on another level, he'll never really be gone. Just the other day, NPR played his instrumental for Busta Rhymes' "Show Me What You Got" as its bumper music. That's just one example of how ubiquitous his music is, that it will always be here and he will never be forgotten. And as an artist, that's all you can really hope for.