Hip Hop Legends Unite To Honor J Dilla On His 50th Birthday

Busta Rhymes was among the many who expressed his admiration for the figure.

BYTallie Spencer
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In a heartfelt display of love and remembrance, the Hip Hop community joined forces on Wednesday to pay tribute to the late Detroit legend, J Dilla. It would have been his 50th birthday. The influential producer and MC left an indelible mark on the genre before his untimely passing in 2006 at the age of 32. Due to cardiac arrest. Busta Rhymes took to Instagram to express his admiration for the iconic figure, declaring J Dilla as "the greatest to ever do it."

Busta, who referred to Dilla as his favorite producer and one of his preferred MCs, pledged to carry on the legacy through his own work. The post reflects not only a professional acknowledgment but a personal connection to the enduring influence of J Dilla's musical prowess. Common, another luminary deeply impacted by J Dilla's artistry, shared a poignant tribute on his Instagram. The rapper, who not only collaborated frequently with Dilla but also shared living quarters with him in Los Angeles, hailed him as "the greatest."

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Tributes To J Dilla

Common expressed that every day, his life is moved and touched by the profound impact Dilla had on him. He extended gratitude to his "great brother" for blessing both him and the world with his gifts, artistry, and genius. In his Instagram post, Common conveyed, "You are The Greatest! We celebrate your born day on the planet. Happy Birthday Jay Dilla. Love You! Love." The words paint a vivid picture of the enduring bond between these two artists and the immense influence Dilla continues to have on the Hip Hop landscape.

Moreover, the tributes from Busta Rhymes and Common serve as a reminder that J Dilla's legacy goes beyond his groundbreaking contributions to music; it resonates as a source of inspiration, shaping the lives and careers of those fortunate enough to collaborate with him. As the Hip Hop community collectively commemorates what would have been J Dilla's milestone 50th birthday, the messages underscore the enduring impact of a true musical innovator.

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