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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Happy Birthday Dilla!

It's that time of year when we celebrate the birthday of the late, great producer/rapper J Dilla!  The legendary beat-maker passed away away in 2006 just 4 days after his birthday from complications due to a rare blood disease, and possibly lupus.  Besides his music, Jay Dee holds a special place with us for sharing a birthday weekend with our Editor in Chief.

To help celebrate we're sharing a Crate Diggers documentary on James Yancey sponsored by Fuse.  The video features Talib Kweli, DJ House Shoes, Dilla's brother Illa J and mom Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, and an emotional appearance from DJ J Rocc.  You will also find embedded below a mix made by an all-Miami crew of DJ Manuvers, DJ Sharpsound and LouiArson from the Chocolate Sundays crew. The mix features The Pharcyde’sBe Like That,” the Slum Village classic “Fall In Love,” Jay’s solo cut “So Far To Go,” and a rare remix of De La Soul'sStakes Is High,” and rare micro-joints plucked from the legion of Dilla beat tapes that have been recovered.

If you want to celebrate in person there should be various Dilla parties being thrown in most major cities, but there will also be huge gatherings behind held in Miami and New York with "Dilla Weekend" and "Donuts Are Forever."  Taking place Feb. 5th through the 8th, the Dilla Weekend event will be hosted by Ma Dukes herself and will feature a line-up which includes Joey Bada$$, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Madlib, Black Milk, ESTA, Camp Lo, local Miami artists and more.  The following week in NY will hold the 9th installment of Donuts Are Forever at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday 2/15, with proceeds benefitting the Donuts are Forever Scholarship Fund.  That will feature MICK, Rich Medina, and our host Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest on hand this year, along with a DJ lineup that includes P.U.D.G.E., DJ Applejac, DJ Raichous, DJ Tap.10 and DJ Parler.  Links to those events can be found after the Bangin Like a Dilla" Soundcloud link, enjoy the weekend!

#DillaWeekend: www.jdillaweekend.com/

Donuts Are Forever: www.brooklynbowl.com

Donuts are Forever Scholarship Fund: www.donutsareforever.com

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