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J Dilla
Digital Sketch, 2023

With this quick digital portrait, I wanted to pay homage to arguably the most influential Hip-Hop producer of all time, James “J Dilla” Dewitt Yancey. Although he tragically passed away from a rare disease in 2006, he still managed to have an incredibly prolific career in such a short amount of time. He left behind not only an expansive disography of solo work, but also produced and rapped on timeless classics for artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Common, The Roots, Erykah Badu and Slum Village. His innovative use of irregular drum patterns left a heavy influence on not only Hip-Hop but music as a whole, as detailed in Dan Charnas’ book “Dilla Time.”