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Dilla Day celebrations keep legendary Detroit producer's legacy alive

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James "J Dilla" Yancey may be gone, but he's anything but forgotten.

The groundbreaking Detroit music producer -- a creator of Slum Village who went on to work with Common, the Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu and many others -- passed away in 2006 from Lupus at the age of 31, but the J Dilla Foundation, started by his mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, is keeping his spirit and his work alive. Three compilations of unreleased music are due out, starting with the just-released "The Lost Scrolls Volume I," and he'll be celebrated this weekend with Dilla Day Detroit 2013 -- actually two days of special events in the city.

The Dilla Day concert takes place on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., with performances by Talib Keweli, Royce Da 5'9", Frank & Dank, Illa J., B. Williams Experiment, DJ Spinna, DJ House Shoes, Dj Sicari and Miguel Atwood Ferguson. Yolanda "Yo-Yo" Whitaker and Grap Luva will host the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$50, and proceeds will go to the foundation, which helps fund inner-city music programs and provides scholarships for music students.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 10, Dilla Youth Day takes place from noon-4 p.m. at the 5e Gallery, 2661 Michigan Ave. The event will feature performances by the Urban Strings Youth Orchestra and the dance teams Hardcore Detroit and Motor City Rockerz, and a workshop on making hip-hop beats.

More details on both events can be found at www.DILLADAYDETROIT.com and www.JDILLAFOUNDATION.org.


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