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Five reasons Dilla's still missed five years later

The hip-hop purists among us are very familiar with the story and legacy of James Dewitt Yancey, better known as J Dilla. Having come up in the hip-hop underground scene in Detroit and later emerging as one of the most influential producers in hip-hop, it was Dilla's death at the height of his burgeoning career that truly brought his story to the masses. Acts like Slum Village, Erykah Badu, Common, Talib Kweli and A Tribe Called Quest were beneficiaries of Dilla's magic touch long before it was cool for producers to come out of the basement with a backpack full of treasures.

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