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Legendary producer J Dilla is one of the 6 artists BBC is honoring in the series Gone Too Soon
For a limited time, BBC Radio 1Xtra's online player is hosting a series of episodes dedicated to hip hop artists who died before their time. "Gone Too Soon" celebrates the legacy of 6 artists with a compilation of their most important tracks and interviews with friends, colleagues and family members.
The last episode in the 5-part series pays tribute to J Dilla, a game-changing producer who passed away at 32 after battling lupus in 2006. He influenced hip hop's neo soul movement and left behind 13 albums, some of which are posthumous. His work has appeared on critically acclaimed albums by Erykah Badu, Ghostface Killah, A Tribe Called Quest, Common and Busta Rhymes. In the opening of "Gone Too Soon," BBC Radio 1Xtra's host, Benji B, declares that Dilla is his "favourite beat-maker of all-time, no question."
Check out the audio documentary here or go directly to BBC Radio 1Xtra's iPlayer. It's available until the end of the week along with other episodes about Tupac and Biggie, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Jam-Master Jay and Aaliyah.