Today marks the first day of Dilla month. Facebook, twitter, and any popular blog that you may be venturing out to check are also trying to put up their sickest tribute post ever. Even last year, Stones Throw had a video contest, and some of the participants made their own ‘Dilla Tribute’ to his songs. At this point in time, EVERYONE has either heard about him, or finally know who this famous producer is. Unfortunately, because of his untimely demise is the part of the reason why many (like myself, admittedly) knows of the name. Mind you, my story is slightly different in this case.. but isn’t it the same for everyone? The important thing is that everyone came to know his music, and regardless of how anyone feels about that (whether you call it ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ or whatever), the fact of the matter is that with music, people learn to appreciate it when the artist is still here.. or gone.
Since there’s going to be tributes all across the states, here’s a few tribute parties I found so far:
- TODAY (Seattle, WA): Dilla Day at Electric Tea Garden (details)
- [02/04] (Los Angeles, CA): BOOMBOX x Red Bull Music Academy – Celebrating the Life Of J Dilla w/sg Ali Shaheed Muhammad (ATCQ), Maseo (De La Soul) (details)
- [02/06] (Los Angeles, CA): Motown On Mondays – J Dilla vs. Mowtown (flyer)
- [02/07] (Los Angeles, CA) #RaiseItUp2 w/DJ House Shoes (tweet)
- [02/10] (Detroit, MI): Dilla Day Detroit w/sg Busta Rhymes, Jay Electronica, Phife Dawg (ATCQ), Phat Kat, Danny Brown, Guilty Simpson, & The Nick Speed Orchestra [website]
- [02/19] (Washington, DC): DC Loves Dilla [flyer]
- [02/19] (New York, NY): Donuts Are Forever #6 w/sg DJ Prince Paul (De La Soul) & DJ Neil Armstrong; hosted by Tanya Morgan [post]
These are just some for right now. Please continue to come back for further updates as I’m sure there will be more Dilla tribute parties mentioned later in the month.
UPDATE: More DILLA DAYS! Shoutout to Fusicology for reaching out!
- [02/08] (St. Louis, MO): Dilla: The Solution Tribute at Lola’s (details)
- [02/09] (San Francisco, CA): TURN IT UP at SOM Bar (details)
- [02/10] (St. Louis, MO): Celebratin’ J DILLA w/Beat Battle at The Gramophone (details)
- [02/18] (Baltimore, MD): The 6th Annual Forever Shining tribute/fundraiser (details)