James Yancey accomplished more with his 32 years on this planet than most people could do with 5 lifetimes. He cultivated a sound that has influenced the finest producers of today.

Enough can't be said about this man's influence. Dudes like ?uestlove and Kanye West, who are amongst the most influential members of the hip-hop culture, damn-near worship the ground this dude walked on. From his days as a youth to the days of making beats while laid up in his hospital bed, J. Dilla did nothing but advance the culture.

His legacy lives on through a number of LPs, beat tapes, production credits and tributes, but right now his legacy is living through this blog post. May J. Dilla rest in power, in a place much better than this one, knowing that we're bobbin' our heads to his boom-bap beats.