On Friday February 7th, 2014, Detroit will host the beginning of a worldwide celebration of the life of James J Dilla Yancey. Dilla Day Detroit 2014 will feature live performances from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.
James J Dilla Yancey succumbed to Lupus in 2006 at the age of 32. After his untimely passing, the Detroit Free Press, MTV.com, Source Magazine, Los Angeles Times and countless others published articles which hailed his short career of 12-years as one of the most prolific in the history of Hip-Hop. From his work on chart topping singles for Common, The Roots, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Janet Jackson, etc. to his own genre redefining solo releases, J Dillas work as a true innovator continues to inspire nearly eight-years after his death.
This years Dilla Day Detroit concert coincides with J Dillas birthday and enlists several Hip-Hop legends to pay tribute. DJ Premier and Pete Rock will battle and anchor the wheels of steel for Dilla Day Detroit and De La Soul and Slum Village, two groups which are pillars of Hip-Hop culture will also be performing, as well as Guilty Simpson and Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest will be in attendance to debut the video for his new single #DearDilla and the event will be hosted by Ro Spit and Grap Luva, More performing artists will be announced soon.
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