Happy Birthday to the greatest hip hop producer that we have ever seen. That’s the truth. Tragically, J Dilla battled thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a rare blood disease, while also fighting lupus and passed away on February 10, 2006, three days after his 32nd birthday.

Check out these documentaries. The first (above) is the J.Dilla: Still Shining documentary from last year. There are appearances by musical luminaries such as Common, Pete Rock, Questlove from the Roots, and Erykah Badu.

The second documentary (below) was a 3-part film produced by Stussy.

Never forget. Detroit, stand up.


UPDATE: This morning ?uestlove from The Roots dropped an hour of songs produced by J Dilla, who passed six years ago today.  The NYC hip hop/R&B station, Hot 97, and its DJ, Mister Cee, are celebrating Black History Month with a series called Black Fist Friday. Each mix is curated by a different (legendary) guest DJ. DOWNLOAD the fantastic mix and have a listen for yourself. Dilla Forever.

ALSO: Complex: 10 Facts About J Dilla You Might Not Know

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