Whether you knew him as Jay Dee, Jay Dilla, or simply James Dewitt Yancey, when the Detroit native, super-producer/MC died from from the rare blood disorder TTP, he had already managed to make an incredible impact during his mere 32 years (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006). Among his family and friends, Dilla left behind an allegiance of fans, admiring colleagues, and an irreplaceable gap in the music industry. He also left behind endless new fans, imitators who were forced to discover their own sound, and a posthumously ominous swan song entitled DONUTS, which he perfected on his death bed.
On Feb. 13, STUSSY paid tribute to Dilla through collaborations with Yancey‘s estate and Stones Throw records. Stage one involved the clothing company’s release of a limited edition T-shirt, featuring a classic image of the producer take from Raph Rashid‘s photography book “Behind the Beat: Hip Hop Home Studios“. From there, Stones Throw embarked on multi-city in-store release parties for this shirt. The main project that was birthed through this collaboration, however, was a 3-part documentary, offering insight into Jay Dee‘s character and time on this planet. Each piece has been being released one at a time and, now that the final installment has finally arrived, we’re pleased to provide the documentary to you with its pieces back to back and in its entirety.