Mere days after releasing the instrumental album "Donuts," veteran hip-hop producer J. Dilla (aka Jay Dee, nee James Yancey) died Friday, Feb. 10 after a lengthy illness. He was battling a blood disease as well as lupus and kidney trouble - the latter of which directly led to his passing - and recorded much of the album while bedridden.
Madlib, his label mate and partner in Jaylib, was scheduled to perform with his band Sound Directions Friday at the Mezzanine in San Francisco as part of a "Donuts" listening party. Sound Directions will no longer perform; the night is now billed as a "Tribute to J. Dilla." His life's work will be showcased in a "live hip-hop set" from Madlib, and "tribue DJ sets" from Stones Throw founder PB Wolf, J-Rocc and Egon.