FUSE has a well regarded video series, Crate Diggers, which looks at the record collection of Hip-Hop notables. Today (March 20), a new episode airs featuring one of the most coveted vinyl stash in all of music—the stacks and stacks of wax of late Detroit producer James “J Dilla” Yancey.
Crate Diggers will be on location in Detroit to thumb through the records at Dilla’s private storage facility. Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, Dilla’s mother, supported this intimate look into her son’s collection and the show will feature some past collaborators. Talib Kweli, Beat Junkies DJ J. Rocc, Dilla’s brother Illa J, Amp Fiddler, DJ Spinna, Frank Nitt and Mrs. Yancey will all be on hand to talk about the producer’s production style, impact and musical legacy.
Nitt, J. Rocc, DJ Spinna and Grap Luva will be accompanied by Fuse’s cameras as they enter the facility and dig through the vast crates of records.
Dilla lost his life after a series of health complications related to lupus and a rare blood disease back in 2006 at the age of 32. In his short time, he’s worked with musical greats such as Common, Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest and more.
Crate Diggers has featured the collections of Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, producer Just Blaze, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock and more in past episodes.
Check out the Crate Diggers J Dilla episode below.