Where Will You Be On Dilla Day?
Dilla Day is coming on the 13th of February! Here’s why.
J Dilla produced some of your favorite songs and you didn’t even know it. From The Pharcyde’s Labcabbincalifornia to Common’s Like Water For Chocolate, Busta Rhymes’ “Woo Ha” to Janet Jackson’s “Got Til It’s Gone,” not to mention De La Soul’s “Stakes is High,” one of the most celebrated hip hop beats of all time. He would have kept going too, but some booms and baps are too hot for this world, and J Dilla died at the tender age of 32 of a rare blood disorder five years ago.
His birthday is on the 13th of February, and Stones Throw Records — which released a ton of his posthumous work — is collaborating with Stussy to host DJ events in LA, Vegas, DC, Toronto, and Vancouver to commemorate this great artist.
But nothing planned in Detroit?! Because there isn’t a Stussy store in Dilla’s hometown, it looks like it’s getting skipped on Dilla Day. C’mon, Stone’s Throw! As if Detroit hasn’t had it hard enough.
Regardless, we’re positive that someone in Motor City is having an unofficial Dilla tribute show, as there will likely be in cities across the USA. Let us know about a Dilla Day event near you!
For true fans who won’t be near a party on the 13th, we urge you to sit back in your easy chair and give a have a beginning-to-end listen to Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 1, Welcome 2 Detroit, Donuts, or any other production by one of the greatest of all time.
Rest in peace, Jay Dee!
Let’s get ready for Dilla Day “People!”