Record producer who was influential on Detroit's 1990s hip-hop underground scene and who worked with A Tribe Called Quest and Erykah Badu.
He was born into a family of musicians and began singing from a very early age. He began his music career as a producer for the hip hop group known as Slum Village.
He and his rap group Slum Village released Fantastic Vol. 2 and he released Welcome 2 Detroit as the beginning of his solo career in the early 2000s.
His full name is James Yancey. He was survived by his two daughters.