J Dilla “Jay Dee” Net Worth

James Dewitt Yancey Also known as J Dilla or Jay Dee was a successful American rapper and producer. His career didn't last for long because of a combination of TTP and lupus.

J Dilla Net Worth
Net Worth:$11.5 million
Born:February 7, 1974
DiedFebruary 10, 2006
Country of Origin:United States
Source of Wealth:Rapper, Songwriter
Last Updated:2023


J Dilla, also known as Jay Dee was an American rapper and song producer with a net worth of $11.5 million. His real name is James Dewitt Yancey he was involved in the mid-90s in the underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, as a member of the group Slum Village.

Unfortunately, J Dilla died at the young age of 32, his career didn’t last for long because of his suffering from TTP and lupus.


J Dilla’s Net Worth and her success Story (2023 Update)

J Dilla’s Net Worth and her success Story (2023 Update)

Early Life & Biography

J Dilla’s real name is James Dewitt Yancey, he was born in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up with his family in their house that was on the northeast corner of McDougall and Nevada, on the eastside of Detroit.

His father was a jazz bassist and performed Globetrotters half-time shows for several years. His mother was an opera singer, and after her marriage to his father, she left the opera to be a housewife. 


J Dilla joined Technical High School at Pershing High School, where he met classmates T3 and Baatin and became friends because of their mutual interest in rap battles. J Dilla along with his two friends created his first group called Slim Village. 

During these teenage years he “stayed in the basement alone” in order to train himself to produce beats with his growing record collection.

Musical Career

J Dilla mastered the Akai MPC in 1992 with the help of the Detroit musician Amp Fiddler, who let him use it in his music workstation. After mastering the Akai MPC Jdilla formed The 1st Down group with MC Phat Kat and became the first Detroit hip hop group to sign with a major label like Payday Records.

From 1995 to 2000

In 1995 J Dilla recorded ‘Yester Years EP’ with 5 Element and in 1996 he formed the group Slum Village and recorded the album Fantastic, Vol.1 at RJ Rice Studios. In 1997 after the release of the previous album, J Dilla became so popular among the Detroit hip-hop fans and community.

J Dilla worked on many projects for famous people back then like Janet Jackson, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip’s solo album, and others under the name of his new team The Ummah.


He also produced songs and remixes under his name for Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Brand New Heavies, trip-hop artists Crustation, and many others. He also produced The Pharcyde’s album Labcabincalifornia.

From 2000 to 2006

In the year 2000 J Dilla founded the production collective known as The Soulquarians with his friends Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, D’Angelo, James Poyser amongst others which earned him more recognition. He also contributed heavily to the latter’s critically acclaimed breakthrough album, Like Water for Chocolate.

J Dilla worked on many projects like his singles “Fuck the Police” and “Welcome 2 Detroit” and other projects like forming another rap group named Frank-N-Dank, assisting  Bilal’s second album, “Love for Sale”. 


In 2001 JDilla was still using his professional name Jay Dee and he changed it to J Dilla because he was like the name of another rapper  Jermaine Dupri who goes by “J.D”. In 2002 J Dilla signed a solo deal with MCA Records.

In 2002 he and MC Madlib began collaborating and forming the duo Jaylib, releasing the album called Champion Sound in 2003. After this album, J Dilla suffered from his illness and started to dramatically lose weight.

On February 10, 2006, after all the efforts he and his family had done to save him, suddenly he died in his home in Los Angeles, California.


James Dewitt Yancey Also known as J Dilla or Jay Dee was a successful American rapper and producer. His career didn’t last for long because of a combination of TTP and lupus. As of 2023, his net worth is estimated to be around $11.5 million.

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