J Dilla discography

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The following list catalogs song-writing, musician and production credits for James Yancey, also known as Jay Dee and J Dilla. Yancey began his career as the producer for Detroit hip hop group, Slum Village, and as a member of the production trio The Ummah, before launching a solo career in the early 2000s. After a stint on MCA Records, the vast majority of Yancey's work, both as an artist and strictly as a producer, was released on smaller independent labels, most notably Stones Throw Records and BBE Records.

Albums and EPs[edit]

Release date Album Artist Chart positions



1997 Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1) Slum Village - - - -
June 13, 2000 Fantastic, Vol. 2 - - - -
July 31, 2000 Best Kept Secret J-88 - - - -
February 27, 2001 Welcome 2 Detroit Jay Dee aka J Dilla - - - -
October 1, 2002 Vol. 1: Unreleased (EP) Jay Dee - - - -
January 1, 2003 Vol. 2: Vintage (EP) - - - -
February 2003 Ruff Draft (EP) 112 44 9 23
October 7, 2003 Champion Sound Jaylib - 92 22 -
February 7, 2006 Donuts J Dilla - - 21 -
March 2006 Donuts EP: J. Rocc's Picks (EP) - - - -
August 26, 2006 The Shining 103 35 9 -
March 20, 2007 Ruff Draft (Reissue) - - - -
June 26, 2007 Jay Love Japan - - - -
August 21, 2007 Jay Deelicious: The Delicious Vinyl Years Jay Dee - - - -
June 2, 2009 Jay Stay Paid J Dilla 96 33 - 15
June 2010 Donut Shop (EP) - - - -
May 25, 2012 Dillatroit (EP) - - - -
June 12, 2012 Rebirth of Detroit - - - -
February 5, 2013 The Lost Scrolls Vol. 1 (EP) - - - -
April 10, 2013 Lost Tapes Reels + More - - - -
August 27, 2013 Diamonds & Ice (EP) - - - -
May 20, 2014 Give 'Em What They Want (EP) - - - -
October 30, 2015 Dillatronic - - - -
April 15, 2016 The Diary 77 6 7 5

Production credits[edit]

Year Artist Release Tracks Produced Additional producer / notes
1993 T.H.I.Q.U.E. Sweet One VLS "Sweet One"
1994 Da Enna C Throw Ya Hands in the Air VLS "NOW"
Da Enna C True To Rap EP "True To Rap remix", "Pack Da House"
1995 1st Down A Day wit the Homiez VLS Entire Single + Entire 2002 CD Re-Issue with Bonus Tracks
5 Elementz The Album That Time Forgot LP "Whutchawant", "Feed Back", "Rockshows", "Party Groove", "Janet Jacme", "E.G.O.", "Don't Stop", "Searchin'" (Released in 1998)
Little Indian One Little Indian VLS "One Little Indian (Jaydee's *hit Remix)"
Poe Hello LP "Fingertips" R.J. Rice, Lionel Cole
The Pharcyde Labcabincalifornia LP "Runnin'", "Bullshit", "Splatittorium", "Somethin' That Means Somethin'", "Drop", "Y?" Bootie Brown ("Y?")
The Pharcyde Drop VLS "Runnin' (Jay Dee Remix)", "Y? (Be Like That) (Jay Dee Remix)"
The Pharcyde Runnin' CDS "Runnin' (Jay Dee Extended Mix)", "Runnin' (Smooth Mix)"
1996 5-Elementz Yester Years EP Entire EP
A Tribe Called Quest Beats, Rhymes and Life LP "1nce Again", "Get a Hold", "Keeping It Moving", "Stressed Out", "Word Play" The Ummah
Busta Rhymes The Coming LP "Keep It Movin'", "Still Shining" The Ummah
Busta Rhymes Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check CDM "Woo-Hah!! (The Jay-Dee Bounce Remix)", "Woo-Hah!! (The Jay-Dee Other Shit Remix)" The Ummah
Busta Rhymes It's a Party VLS "It's a Party (The Ummah Remix)", "Ill Vibe (The Ummah Remix)" The Ummah
De La Soul Stakes Is High LP "Stakes Is High" De La Soul
De La Soul Itzsoweezee (HOT) CDS "Stakes Is High (Remix)"
Keith Murray Enigma LP "Dangerous Ground" The Ummah
Keith Murray The Rhyme VLS "The Rhyme (Slum Village Street Mix)" The Ummah
Natives of da Underground Whatcha Gonna Do For Me VLS "Pack da Hous", "Brothas Juss Don't Know" The Ummah
Mad Skillz From Where??? LP "It's Goin' Down", "The Jam"
The Pharcyde She Said CDS "She Said (Remix)"
The Katz Come Fly With Me Cass "Funny", "I Dream For You", "Happy Dayz"
Trüz True Dawgs Cass "True Dawgs (Radio Edit)", "True Dawgs (Street)", "Routes To Hell"
Proof Anywhere EP "Vibe Session (Part 1)"
Slum Village Fantastic Vol. 1 LP Entire Album + 2006 Official Release with Bonus Tracks
Various Artists Detroit Hip Hop Volume 1 Proof - "Da Science"
Various Artists Get on the Bus: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture A Tribe Called Quest (featuring Common) - "The Remedy" The Ummah
Various Artists NFL Jams AZ, Ray Buchanan, Scott Galbraith & Zhané - "When the Cheering Stops", Phife Dawg & Rodney Hampton - "Game Day" The Ummah
1997 A Tribe Called Quest Jam EP "Get a Hold", "Mardi Gras at Midnight" The Ummah
The Brand New Heavies Sometimes CDS "Sometimes (Ummah Remix)" The Ummah
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes... LP "So Hardcore" The Ummah
Consequence It's Yours VLS "The Consequences" The Ummah
Crustation Purple CDS "Purple (A Tribe Called Quest Edit)", "Purple (A Tribe Called Quest Mix)" The Ummah
Janet Jackson Got 'Til It's Gone CDS "Got 'Til It's Gone (Ummah Jay Dee Revenge Mix)" The Ummah
Jay Dee Jay Dee Unreleased EP Entire EP
Somethin' for the People All I Do 12" "All I Do (Jay Dee's *hit Mix)" The Ummah
1998 A Tribe Called Quest The Love Movement LP "4 Moms", "Against The World", "Busta's Lament", "Da Booty", "Find a Way", "His Name Is Mutty Ranks", "Start It Up", "Steppin' It Up" The Ummah, Bay-Lloyd ("Busta's Lament")
Bizarre Attack of the Weirdos EP "Butterfly"
Funkmaster Flex The Mix Tape, Vol. III "That Shit" The Ummah
Mood Snake Backs VLS "Secrets of the Sand (Remix)" The Ummah
N'Dea Davenport Bullshittin' CDS, "Bullshittin' (Remix)"
1999 5 Ela 5-E Pt. 3 LP "You Ain't Fresh", "Ain't No Love"
Brand New Heavies Saturday Night CDS "Saturday Night (Jay Dee Remix)" The Ummah
Heavy D Heavy LP "Listen" Jay Dee & Q-Tip
Nine Yards Always Find a Way CDS "Always Find a Way (Jay Dee Remix)"
Phife Dawg Bend Ova VLS Entire Single The Ummah
Q-Tip Amplified LP "Wait Up", "Higher", "Moving with U", "Breathe & Stop", "Let's Ride", "Things U Do", "All In", "Go Hard", "End of Time", "Do It, Be It, See It"[2] Jay Dee & Q-Tip
The Roots Things Fall Apart LP "Dynamite!" Grand Wizzards
The Roots You Got Me CDS "New Year's @ Jay Dee" Grand Wizzards
Zooco Grow-Mellow-Flow LP "Butterfly"
2000 Brand New Heavies Trunk Funk Classics: 1991-2000 "Sometimes (Remix)", "Saturday Nite (Remix)"
Busta Rhymes Anarchy LP "Enjoy Da Ride", "Live It Up", "Show Me What You Got"
Common Like Water for Chocolate LP "Time Travelin' (A Tribute To Fela)", "Heat", "Dooinit", "The Light", "Funky For You", "The Questions", "Time Travelin' Reprise", "A Film Called (Pimp)", "Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)", "Thelonius", "Payback Is A Grandmother" Soulquarians ("Time Travellin"), James Poyser ("Funky For You", "The Questions")
D12 The Underground E.P. EP "Cock, Aim, Squeeze"
D'Angelo Voodoo LP "Feel Like Makin' Love" (uncredited)
De La Soul AOI: Mosaic Thump LP "Thru Ya City"
Erykah Badu Mama's Gun LP "Didn't Cha Know?", "My Life", "Cleva", "Kiss Me On My Neck" Soulquarians
Frank-N-Dank Everybody Get Up VLS Entire Single
Frank-N-Dank Me and My Man VLS Entire Single
Guru Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul LP "Certified" (featuring Bilal)
Innerzone Orchestra People Make the World Go Round VLS "People Make the World Go Round (J-88 Mix)"
J-88 Best Kept Secret EP "From Detroit With Love (Intro)", "Look of Love, Pt. 1", "Get It Together", "Stupid Lies", "Things You Do", "Keep It On", "Look of Love, Pt. 2"
Jay Dee Fuck the Police VLS Entire Single
Phat Kat Dedication to the Suckers VLS Entire Single + Entire 2002 CD Re-Issue with Bonus Tracks
Phife Dawg Ventilation: Da LP LP "Bend Ova", "4 Horsemen"
Que D Quite Delicious VLS Entire Single
Slum Village Fantastic, Vol. 2 LP Entire Album D'Angelo ("Tell Me"), Pete Rock ("Once Upon a Time")
Slum Village Fall in Love (Remix) VLS Entire Single
Spacek Eve CDS "Eve (Jay Dee Mix)"
Toshinobu Kubota Nothing But Your Love CDS "Nothing But Your Love (Jay Dee Remix)
Various Artists Definition of Ill Phife Dawg - "Ya Heard Me?"
Various Artists Bamboozled OST Common & Erykah Badu - "In the Light Remix (For U)"
Various Artists The Hurricane OST Black Star - "Little Brother"
Various Artists Lyricist Lounge 2 Royce da 5'9" - "Let's Grow"
2001 Bahamadia BB Queen LP "One-4-Teen (Funky for You)" (Limited Pressings Only)
Bilal 1st Born Second LP "Reminisce"
Busta Rhymes Genesis LP "Genesis", "Make It Hurt"
Chino XL I Told You So LP "Don't Say a Word", "How It Goes"
De La Soul AOI: Bionix LP "Peer Pressure"
Jay Dee Welcome 2 Detroit LP Entire Album Karriem Riggins ("The Clapper")
Lucy Pearl Without You VLS "Without You (Jay Dee Remix)
Mos Def Can U C the Pride in the Panther VLS "Can U C the Pride in the Panther? (Remix)"
Que D Still Bangin' VLS "In Yo Face"
2002 Big Tone The Party Crasher VLS "The Party Crasher (J Dilla Mix)"
Busta Rhymes It Ain't Safe No More LP "It Ain't Safe No More", "What Up", "Turn Me Up Some"
Common Electric Circus LP "Soul Power", "Aquarius", "Electric Wire Hustler Flower", "New Wave", "Star *69 (PS With Love)", "Between Me, You & Liberation", "I Am Music" Soulquarians
DJ Jazzy Jeff The Magnificent EP "Are U Ready?"
Frank-N-Dank Off Ya Chest VLS Entire Single
Frank-N-Dank Push EP Entire Single
Jay Dee Vol. 1: Unreleased Entire Compilation
Frank-N-Dank Push / "Okay" VLS "Push", "Okay"
Que D Que D Limited Edition CD "Supa Shit", "Kilo", "Cash Flow", "Michele", "Rock Box", "Don't Stop", "In Yo Face"
Slum Village Trinity (Past, Present and Future) LP "Hoes", "Let's", "One"
Talib Kweli Quality LP "Where Do We Go?", "Stand to the Side"
Various Artists 2 Thousand And One Bahamadia - One-4-Teen (Funky For You) (Jay Dee's Remix)
Various Artists Lyricist Lounge: West Coast Chino XL & Saafir - "How It Goes"
Various Artists Stones Throw White Label #1 Jaylib - "The Message" Jaylib
2003 ASD Wer Hätte Das Gedacht? LP "Komm Schon"
ASD Hey Du EP "Wenn Ihr Fühlt..."
Common Come Close Remix (Closer) CDS "Come Close Remix (Closer)"
Daft Punk Daft Club "Aerodynamic (Slum Village Remix)"
De La Soul Shoomp CDS Entire Single
Frank-N-Dank Ma Dukes VLS Entire Single
Frank-N-Dank 48 Hrs LP Entire Album (Shelved But Widely Bootlegged)
Jay Dee Ruff Draft EP Entire EP & Entire 2007 CD Re-Issue with Bonus Tracks
Jay Dee Vol. 2: Vintage" Entire Compilation
Jaylib Champion Sound" LP "L.A. to Detroit", "Nowadayz, "The Red", "Raw Shit", "The Heist", "React", "Strip Club", "The Exclusive", "Starz" + "Raw Addict" & "Pills" (Deluxe Edition / Limited Edition UK) Jaylib
Jaylib Raw Addict VLS Entire Single Jaylib
Royce da 5'9" Build and Destroy" MIX "Life Goes On"
Subtitle Greatest Hit$$ MIX "Mark Luv Mixtape Song"
T-Love Long Way Back" LP[3] "When You're Older (Ode To The Pickaninny)", "Who Smoked Sunshine?", "Long Way Back", "Chiquita" Ron E. ("Long Way Back")
Vivian Green Fanatic VLS "Fanatic (Jay Dee Mix)"
2004 Amp Fiddler I Believe in You CDS "I Believe in You (Jaylib Mix)"
Amp Fiddler Waltz of a Ghetto Fly LP[4] "Intro", "You Play Me", "Waltz of a Ghetto Fly" Amp Fiddler ("You Play Me")
De La Soul The Grind Date LP "Verbal Clap", "Much More" + "Shoomp" (Limited Edition)
DJ Cam Liquid Hip Hop LP "Love Junkee (J Dilla Remix)"
eLZhi Witness My Growth: The Mixtape '97-'04 MIX "Days and Nights", "Concrete Eyes", "Love It Here", "Look at My Friends"
Frank-N-Dank Xtended Play Version 3.13 LP "Okay", "Let's Go", "M.C.A. (Music Cemetery of America)"
Q-Tip Open LP (unreleased) "Compute"
Oh No The Disrupt LP "Move"
Phat Kat The Undeniable LP "Dedication 2004", "Destiny", "Big Booties" B.R. Gunna "Big Booties"
Proof I Miss the Hip Hop Shop LP "Bring It 2 Me"
Prozack Turner Death, Taxes and Prozack LP "Leisure Rules"
Slum Village Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit) LP "Do You"
Various Artists The House Shoes Collection Vol. 1: I Got Next MIX Jay Dee - "Beej N Dem (Atomic Dog Remix)", Dabrye - "Game Over", Slum Village - "World Full of Sadness" Dabrye ("Game Over")
Various Artists Blue Note Revisited Brother Jack McDuff - Oblighetto (J Dilla Remix)
Various Artists Stones Throw 100 EP Jaylib - "Popshit" Jaylib
2005 Common Be LP "Love Is...", "It's Your World"
Copywrite Cruise Control Mixtape Vol. 1 MIX "Clap!", "That's a Wrap", "Alright"
Dabrye Two/Three LP "Game Over (Remix)" Dabrye
Dwight Trible & The Life Force Trio Love Is the Answer LP "Antiquity"
Jay Dee V.3 Instrumentals Entire Compilation
Lawless Element Soundvision: In Stereo LP "The Shining" Young R.J.
M.E.D. Push Comes to Shove LP "Push", "So Real"
Moka Only Dirty Jazz LP "Franks and Beans", "One Time"
Moka Only The Desired Effect LP "One Time (The Re-Up Version)"
Slum Village Prequel to a Classic MIX "It'z Your World", "Who Are We?" Young R.J. ("It'z Your World")
Dwele Some Kinda... LP "Keep On" (featuring Slum Village)
Steve Spacek Space Shift LP "Dollar"
Talib Kweli Right About Now: The Official Sucka Free Mix CD MIX "Roll Off Me"
Various Artists NBA 2K6: The Tracks Common - "The Movement"
2006 A.G. Get Dirty Radio LP "Hip Hop Quotable"
Busta Rhymes The Big Bang LP "You Can't Hold the Torch"
Four Tet Remixes (Four Tet album) "As Serious as Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)"
Ghostface Killah Fishscale LP "Beauty Jackson"*, "Whip You with a Strap"*
J Dilla Donuts* LP Entire Album*
J Dilla Donuts EP: J. Rocc's Picks Entire EP* with Bonus Track
J Dilla The Shining LP Entire Posthumous Album Karriem Riggins, Madlib ("Baby")
Oh No Turn That Shit Up MIX[5] "Move", "Pandemonium"* "Loudah"
The Roots Game Theory LP "Dilltastic Vol Won(derful)", "Can't Stop This"* The Roots
The Visionaries We Are the Ones (We Have Been Waiting For) LP "All Right"
Various Artists Hand 2 Hand MIX "This That Heat"*
Various Artists Chrome Children Guilty Simpson - "Clap Your Hands", Jaylib - "Take It Back", J Dilla - "Nothing Like This"
2007 Busta Rhymes Dillagence MIX "Words from Ma Dukes", "Takin' What's Mine", "Step Up", "The Conversation", "Code of the Streets", "Lightworks"*, "How We Roll", "Best That Ever Did It", "Psycho", "The Range", "Not Right Now", "The Other Side of the Road", "Who Tryin' to Kill You?", "High", "Dillagence Outro"
Chaundon Ambitions as a Writer MIX "Strap"*, "Fuck Ya Damn Beats"*
Common Finding Forever LP "So Far to Go"*
Copywrite The Jerk V0 MIX "Best Seller", "Waiting to Inhale"
Eric Roberson ...Left "Pretty Girl" James Poyser & J Dilla
Ghostface Killah Hidden Darts: Special Edition "Murda Goons"*
Guilty Simpson Man's World VLS "Man's World"
Guilty Simpson Stray Bullets MIX "La La", "Man's World"
Illa J Illa J EP "Me & My Brother"
Jay Dee Jaydeelicious: Delicious Vinyl Years Entire Compilation
J Dilla Jay Love Japan EP Entire EP
Phat Kat Carte Blanche LP "Nasty Ain't It", "My Old Label", "Cold Steel", "Game Time", "Don’t Nobody Care About Us"
Various Artists B-Ball Zombie War Guilty Simpson - "Make It Fast", Madlib - "The Wigflip"", Quasimoto - Hydrant Game (Jaylib Remix)
2008 Akrobatik Absolute Value LP "Put Ya Stamp on It"
Big Pooh Rapper's Deight LP "Respect It"*, "Plastic Cups"*
DillaGhostDoom Sniperlite 12" "Sniper Elite"*, "Murda Goons"*, "Sniperlite (Bonus Mix)"*
Guilty Simpson Ode to the Ghetto LP "I Must Love You"
Illa J Yancey Boys LP Entire Album Illa J & Mike Floss
Q-Tip The Renaissance LP "Move", "Feva" (UK Bonus Track)
Royce da 5'9" Lost and Found MIX "Snatchies"
2009 Doom Born Like This LP "Gazillion Ear", "Lightworks"*
Dynas The Apartment LP "The Apartment"
Finale A Pipe Dream and a Promise LP "Heat"
Guilty Simpson Stress VLS Entire Single
J Dilla Dillanthology 1 Entire Compilation
J Dilla Dillanthology 2 Entire Compilation
J Dilla Dillanthology 3 Entire Compilation
Mos Def The Ecstatic LP "History"
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II LP "House of Flying Daggers", "Ason Jones", "10 Bricks"
Skyzoo The Power of Words MIX "Alphabet Soup"
2010 J Dilla Donut Shop EP Entire Collection
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) LP "Love"
Slum Village Villa Manifesto LP "Lock It Down", "We'll Show You"
2012 Joey Badass 1999 "Snakes", "Where It'$ At?"
2013 Yancey Boys (Illa J & Frank Nitt) Sunset Blvd. LP Entire Album
Joey Badass Two Lips 7" Entire Single
Talib Kweli Gravitas LP "Colors of You"
MK Asante ft. Maya Angelou Buck: A Memoir Original Book Soundtrack "My Victory"
2014 Jaded Incorporated The Big Knock "Monster"
Magnif The Shining PT.2 Entire Single
Nas The Season Entire Single Djay Adx
2015 Joey Bada$$ B4.Da.$$ LP "Like Me" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)
Frank Nitt Frankie Rothstein LP "Official Supreme" (featuring Botni Applebum)
Slum Village Yes LP "Intro", "Fantastic/Love Is", "Tear It Down", "Expressive", "Windows", "Yes Yes" (Remix), "Right Back", "Too Much", "What We Have"
Magnif The Last Entire Single
Esham Dichotomy LP "Birdz Nest"
2016 Phife Dawg Nutshell Entire Single
J Dilla The Diary LP "The Anthem", "Trucks", "Give Them What They Want", "Fuck the Police"
Snoop Dogg Coolaid LP "My Carz"
2017 Frank n Dank The Jay Dee Tapes EP "Let’s Go", "Things Ain’t The Same", "Reach For The Sky"
Amp Fiddler Amp Dog Knights LP "Return Of The Ghetto Fly", "Through Your Soul"
Young RJ Blaq Royalty LP "Motion" Young RJ
Rah Digga Everything Is A Story LP "It's Gonna Get Worse"


Year Artist Release Track(s) Role(s)
1995 The Pharcyde Labcabincalifornia LP "All Live" Drums
Poe Hello LP "Fingertips" Drum Programming
2000 D'Angelo Voodoo LP Various songs (Uncredited) Drum Programming, Sampler
Erykah Badu Mama's Gun LP "Booty" Bass, Drum Programming
2002 Common Electric Circus LP "Jimi Was a Rock Star" Moog Synthesizer, Drums, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drum Programming
2005 Slum Village Prequel to a Classic MIX "Who Boy" Keyboards

Vocal appearances[edit]

Year Artist Release Track(s)
1997 Tami Hert If You Were Mine VLS "If You Were Mine (Detroit Demolition Mix)"
1998 Funkmaster Flex The Mix Tape, Vol. III "That Shit"
2000 Common Like Water for Chocolate LP "Heat", "Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)", "Thelonious"
Que D Quite Delicious VLS "Supa Shit""
2001 Bahamadia BB Queen LP "One-4-Teen (Funky for You)"
De La Soul AOI: Bionix LP "Peer Pressure"
2002 Frank-N-Dank Off Ya Chest VLS "Take Dem Clothes Off"
2003 Nottz & Boogie Best Kept Secret MIX "Fight Club"
2004 B.R. Gunna Dirty District: Vol. 2 LP "Do Your Thang", "Stupid"
Dabrye Two/Three "Game Over"
DJ Cam Liquid Hip Hop LP "Love Junkee (J Dilla Remix)"
Pete Rock Soul Survivor II LP "Niggaz Know"
Phat Kat The Undeniable LP "Door"
Slum Village Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit) LP "Reunion"
Wale Oyejide One Day, Everything Changed LP "There's a War Going On"
2005 Diamond D The Diamond Mine "We Gangstas"
Lawless Element Soundvision: In Stereo LP "Love", "Words From Dilla"
Platinum Pied Pipers Triple P LP "Shotgun", "Act Like You Know"
Platinum Pied Pipers Ubiquity VLS "Shotgun (Remix)"
Sa-Ra The Second Time Around "Thrilla"