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J Dilla

In love with music and rhythm since he was a child, by the time he was in his early 20s, J Dilla had worked with his musical heroes, including A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. Respected by Kanye West and Pharrell, he went on to define the Slum Village sound before going on to build a relationship with fellow production genius Madlib. One of hip-hop’s most important figures, he created a number of trends that continue to be emulated.

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