February 10 marks the RIP anniversary of J Dilla. He passed away in 2006 at age 32 complications from Lupus.
A record producer who made his mark on the industry starting from the mid-1990s, he worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop like Busta Rhymes, Common and A Tribe Called Quest. In 1997, he produced a Grammy-winning single for Janet Jackson as well.
At the turn of the new millennium, J Dilla turned to performing and he released his debut album in 2001. He signed a solo deal in 2002.
Although J Dilla is gone, his work continues to make marks on the hip-hop community. Not only has he received several posthumous awards, but there are continued notable tributes to him as well.