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Duval’s independent artist’s community readies for the 3rd Annual Dilla Day Duval
Jacksonville, FL – January 17, 2013: For the third year in a row, Aja Jackson, ill Clinton and Mr. Al Pete have organized a tribute to celebrate the life of gone, but not forgotten producer and musical mastermind, James “J Dilla” Yancey. This year’s celebration will be held February 8, 2013 at 1904 Music Hall (19 N. Ocean Street) in Downtown Jacksonville and will feature DJ’s, Dialectable Beats and DJ Al Pete spinning classic Dilla “Donuts” all night, as well as music that he produced for notable acts like A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Slum Village, Erykah Badu, De La Soul and many more. In addition to the DJ’s, there will also be special performances by Hip-Hop artists Mal Jones, Mas Appeal, Arsun F!st, Czar Black and Stillwater, all who have been influenced by the life and music of J Dilla. The organizers are all also pleased to announce that beatmaker and producer NAMELESS, who hails from Flint, Michigan, will be performing a special set of Dilla-inspired beats from his catalog. Doors open at 9 pm; performances start at 10 pm. Admission is $10 and all proceeds will be donated to The J Dilla Foundation.
Often called “your favorite producers, favorite producer”, J Dilla was born in Detroit to an opera singer and jazz bassist on February 7, 1974 and showed great interest in music at a young age when he began collecting vinyl as a toddler. While in high school, he formed the group Slum Village with T-3 and Baatin and went on to release the underground classic Fan-tas-tic Vol1 which helped establish him as one of Detroit’s most sought after producers. Before long, J Dilla’s genius was being recognized outside of Detroit as he went on to become a member of The Ummah, a production team with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad as well as The Soulquarians, a collective of artists who counted Erykah Badu, Common, James Poyser, Questlove and Mos Def as members. As a unit, the Soulquarians produced classic LP’s like Things Fall Apart (The Roots) and Mama’s Gun (Erykah Badu). J Dilla is probably best known for his work with The Pharcyde (Runnin’ and Drop), De La Soul (Stakes is High) and Janet Jackson (Got ‘til It’s Gone). In 2001, J Dilla released his debut solo album, Welcome to Detroit, which was later followed up by Champion Sound as a member of Jaylib, a collaborative effort he formed with producer, Madlib. On his 32nd birthday, J Dilla released the critically acclaimed Donuts, an instrumental album which is widely considered some of his best work, but three days later on February 10, 2006, J Dilla tragically passed away from a rare blood disease, TTP and Lupus.
The loss of J Dilla was devastating to not only his loved ones and frequent collaborators, but also to fans of his work who were saddened to see the loss of such an immense talent. In the seven years since his passing, the legend of J Dilla has continued to grow as heads all over the world gather every February to pay homage to the man whose work touched them at the most profound level. Posthumous releases like The Shining and Ruff Draft have become cherished works of art, as well as countless samples, compilations and unofficial releases that carry J Dilla’s name. Carrying on J Dilla’s legacy is Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, who established The J Dilla Foundation to help fund inner-city music programs and provide scholarships to students attending schools that have progressive music curricula. In the wake of his passing, Ma Dukes has been embraced by friends and fans of her son as a cherished institution; a role which she has accepted with poise and grace. The organizers of the event seek to lend support to Mrs. Yancey and The J Dilla Foundation by donating 100% of the proceeds from The 3rd Annual Dilla Day Duval: A Tribute to J Dilla. And as fans of Hip Hop and music in general, they also wish to help keep his memory alive in the most significant way possible, by “raising it up”, for J Dilla.