Today the hip-hop community celebrates the birthday of one of its greatest producers, James Yancey. The man known as J Dilla (a.k.a. Jay Dee) is said to have made music at the same tempo as which the heart beats, explaining in part why his work speaks to the souls of so many people around the world.

Many tributes will be popping off today in Dilla’s honor, as the genius producer consistently receives an outpouring of love rarely seen in the stoic face of hip-hop. Since these overwhelming waves of adoration often inspire people to do/create crazy things, we thought we’d send out a happy birthday shout to the man by highlighting some of the more interesting fan tributes to Dilla that we’ve come across.

Happy birthday, G.O.A.T!