J Dilla’s disc Donuts landed on almost every music critic’s 2006 “Best Of” list; unfortunately J Dilla, aka James Dewitt Yancey, wasn’t around to enjoy the accolades. Three days after the Feburary 2006 release of Donuts, J died of cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home. The renowned producer and rapper spent the last few years battling a rare blood disorder called TTP, resulting in kidney failure, constant pain, and high fever. In 2005 he was diagnosed with Lupus, further complicating his difficult struggle.
Although J Dilla tried to keep his illness a secret, he was forced to perform from a wheelchair and recorded most of Donuts from his hospital bed. His work paid off–he produced a nearly flawless disc.
Check out the video for “Nothing Like This,” from the Adult Swim tribute disc, Chrome Children.