Before J Dilla, there was John Doe: SF gallery Family Affair hosts rare photo series of the late Detroit legend

James Dewitt Yancey, also known as Jay Dee but better known as J Dilla, left this earth over a decade ago yet his influence still rings loud in the producers of today. There's a mythology around his sampling and the ways he created emotional, moving records through loops on the drum machine, and his work set a blueprint for modern day hip-hop and soul, along with the late Nujabes. February is the month fans reflect and reminisce on the impact of these two moguls of music. But before he was J Dilla, Yancey was John Doe. Haight Street gallery Family [...]

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