This week, the city of Detroit will celebrate J Dilla, a native of the city, with the Dilla Day
concert Saturday and Dilla Youth Day Sunday, the 7th anniversary of the producer/rapper's death, The Oakland Press
Saturday, February 9, rappers Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5'9, Dilla's brother Illa J, Frank n Dank, DJ Spinna, DJ Houseshoes, and more will celebrate the music of J Dilla with Dilla Day at the Fillmore Detroit. Proceeds from the event will go to The J Dilla Foundation
, which helos fund inner-city music programs and helps give scholarships to music students.
The following day from noon to 4 pm, Dilla Youth Day will feature performances by the Urban Strings Youth Orchestra and the dance teams Hardcore Detroit and Motor City Rockerz. There will also be a workshop to teach people how to create their own Hip-Hop beats.
In celebration of J Dilla's legacy, The J Dilla Foundation has also teamed with Stussy
to release this limited edition t-shirt featuring some of the rapper/producer's classic albums. The shirts will be released Friday February 8.
J Dilla's The Lost Scrolls Vol. 1
album was released this week. It features the songs "Dewitt To Do It" (Dewitt was James " J Dilla" Yancey's middle name) and "Throwaway" by the Yancey Boys (Dilla and his brother Illa J). The song features Frank Nitt of Detroit rap group Frank n Dank.
Also, one of Dilla's close friends and collaborators, fellow Detroiter, Karriem Riggins, is honoring his lost friend's legacy with "J Dilla The Greatest." You can watch it here
For anyone in Brooklyn, NY tonight (Thursday February 7), Questlove will also honor Dilla's legacy by playing all Dilla Beats at Bowl Train
at Brooklyn Bowl
. Each Thursday night, Questo, spins and mixes, some of the greatest Hip-Hop songs from past and present. Tonight, it's all about J Dilla.
Happy Birthday, Dilla.