The names you'll find here are musicians whose artistic ability - genius, in some cases - has dwarfed their limited commercial success. So don your white robes and join us as we count down the 20 gods of cult.

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J Dilla


The independent hip-hop hero

Like so many in the hip-hop scene, it took death for the work of James Dewitt Yancey, to be given the appropriate reverence.

Not by Jack Barnett from These New Puritans though: "My brother lent me a copy of 'Donuts' – two days before he died, weirdly.

"He was unique for his approach to rhythms, a kind of out-of-timeness. I admire his imperfections; he was definitely the most standout figure from that entire independent hip-hop scene."

Download: Anything on 'Donuts'


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J Dilla equipment to be donated to Smithsonian museum

J Dilla equipment to be donated to Smithsonian museum

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The song is taken from forthcoming 'The Diary' LP

  • Apr 19, 2014

J Dilla's record collection goes up for sale on eBay

The late hip hop producer's mother is selling a random selection of LPs online

  • Jan 22, 2013

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