J Dilla figure, Donuts version

j-dilla.com February 11, 2016

Coming April 2016. Pre-order available at Rappcats.

J Rocc celebrates J Dilla in Discogs Mix 43

j-dilla.com January 29, 2016

From February 5th to 7th, J Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey will be presenting the second annual J Dilla Weekend festival in Miami, FL, celebrating the life and legacy of the legendary artist. In anticipation of the event, J Rocc – who also brought us the “Thank You Jay Dee” series – but together this brilliant mix of the late, great producer’s work.

Purchase tickets for J Dilla Weekend in Miami (via Ticketfly)

Magnif “The Last” feat. previously unreleased J Dilla production.

j-dilla.com August 24, 2015

Last year we premiered Magnif’s “The Shining Pt.2”, the first of a two track single featuring unreleased J Dilla production. We now present the follow-up, “The Last.” Instrumentals will be available on 7-inch vinyl only, via Ghost City Records, available at Fat Beats. Digital tracks are available on iTunes. Original illustrations are from Detroit artist, Michelle Tanguay.

The Roots, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes Pay Tribute to J Dilla

j-dilla.com June 28, 2015

By Cortney Wills for Billboard, June 28, 2015

Los Angeles – Day three of BET Experience brought some serious hip-hop heads to L.A. Live’s Club Nokia on Saturday night (June 27). Black Thought, Questlove and the rest of The Roots were joined by Erykah Badu and a grab bag of other artists to pay homage to their fallen friend James Dewitt Yancey, better known as J Dilla.

The three-hour concert roared into the early morning hours and was full of surprise guests — including Lauryn Hill and Busta Rhymes — who were immeasurably influenced by the late producer’s music. Some offered stories about how they met the Detroit-native who died of a blood disease in 2006 and others just belted out the hits he helped them create.

Badu arrived on the stage with the help of a motorized skateboard that she stayed on for 20 minutes while she seduced the packed house with “Window Seat,” “On and On” and “Love Of My Life,” before bringing out the night’s first guest, Busta Rhymes.

The rapper battled a troublesome microphone during his performance of his 1997 hit “Put You Hands Where My Eyes Could See” and “Woo Hah!” and eventually ditched it before delivering a heartfelt monologue about Dilla. “Jump” and “Pass the Courvoisier” brought the whole crowd to their feet before Busta made his swift exit.

Next up was The Pharcyde, the Cali-bred group that Dilla used to DJ for, who served up “Runnin” and “Passing Me By” before Slum Village shocked the crowd by showing up to share some hits.

F the Police

j-dilla.com March 10, 2015

Record store day 2015.

J Dilla’s classic, out of print for over a decade, has been remastered from Dilla’s original mixes and issued on Pay Jay Productions as a badge-shaped 9“ picture disc single. Both the vocal and instrumental come straight from mix-downs that Dilla himself created. This limited edition 9″ badge-shaped picture disc single  comes in a thick, custom-made pocket fold-over, inserted into a Japanese-style, resealable clear plastic sleeve. Photos & the beat right here.

J Dilla x Stussy – DILLA COLLAGE

j-dilla.com February 13, 2015



This is the third t-shirt collaboration between the iconic street wear brand Stussy and The Estate of James Yancey.

Tees are on sale and shipping now from Rappcats.com and Stussy. Stussy.com also has a limited supply of the J Dilla Figure.

J Dilla figure by Pay Jay

j-dilla.com December 2, 2014

Exclusive pre-order at Rappcats.com for February 2015 release

The J Dilla Figure is an official Pay Jay Productions release, produced under the oversight of the Estate of James Yancey.

The Figure was conceived and rendered by Detroit artist Sintex, designed and sculpted by Seoul-based toy artist P2PL. It was manufactured by Blitzway on behalf of Pay Jay. It is a collaborative release with Stussy, whose logo is officially licensed.

The Figure is 7.5″ tall. The Figure’s hat, sampler and chain are removable and the Figure’s arms articulate. The Figure comes in a custom designed box, wrapped in paper to best attempt to protect the box from rubbing in shipping. The Figure comes in a clamshell case inside the box. Please note that the box is for the protection of the Figure during transportation and is not replaceable if damaged.

Pay Jay Productions was founded by J Dilla (James Yancey). The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.

J Dilla’s equipment donated to the Smithsonian

j-dilla.com July 23, 2014

James “J Dilla” Yancey is now enshrined in the Smithsonian as part of the collection at the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

J Dilla’s custom-made Mini Moog Voyager synthesizer and Akai MIDI Production Center 3000 Limited Edition have been donated to the museum by his mother, Maureen Yancey. They will be part of the “Musical Crossroads” exhibit when the museum opens in 2016.

“Musical Crossroads” will be one of the museum’s 11 inaugural exhibitions, and will also feature artists like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Berry, George Clinton and Chuck D.

Smithsonian website: J Dilla Hip-Hop Collection Donated to National Museum of African American History and Culture

Magnif – The Shining Pt. 2

j-dilla.com July 3, 2014

In 2004, with Lawless Element, Magnif released “The Shining” produced by J Dilla. Ten years later, he releases “The Shining Pt. 2″ with J Dilla production, officially licensed by the Estate of James Yancey and Pay Jay Productions.

J Dilla – Give Em What They Want

j-dilla.com June 10, 2014


From Dilla’s long-lost (and still tangled) album The Diary, “Give ‘Em What They Want,” 12-inch on clear vinyl with five tracks produced in 2002 by J Dilla and Supa Dave West, on Pay Jay Productions.

Dilla set out in 2002 to record an album collaborating with his favorite producers, and Supa Dave West was among them. The first two vocal tracks on this record are built around the same lyrics – “Give ‘Em What They Want” produced by Dilla and “The Doe” produced by West are typical of how he would re-record a track, changing his delivery to fit another producer’s beat.

The last vocal track “So Far,” also produced by Supa Dave West, will be familiar to some fans of MP3 bootlegs. On this record, it’s mastered for the first time by Dave Cooley, who worked on Donuts, The Shining and Ruff Draft.

Thanks to James & Karla Murray for the cover photo, from their book Store Front (Ginko Press). The label illustration is by Denise Nestor, based on a photo by B+. Sleeve by Jeff Jank. This was produced for reissue by Eothen Alapatt, with coordination from House Shoes, Henoch Moore and J Rocc.

Pay Jay Productions was founded by J Dilla (James Yancey). The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.