The late James "J. Dilla" Yancey's birthday is once again cause for celebration, as the influential hip-hop producer and artist will be saluted with the third annual Dilla Day Detroit festivities.
This year's Dilla Day Concert takes place Friday, Feb. 7, on what would have been Yancey's 40th birthday. De La Soul, Detroit's Slum Village, DJ Premier and Pete Rock, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat and Bishop Lamont are slated to perform, while A Tribe Called Quest members Phife Dawg will premiere the video for his new solo single "#DearDilla." Ro Spit and Grap Luva will serve as hosts.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $35-0$100. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.dilladaydetroit.com. An official afterparty, featuring the Egyptian Lover and others, starts at 1 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at The Works, 1846 MIchigan Ave. Cover is $15, $10 for those with a Dilla Day Concert ticket stub.
The Detroit-born Yancey amassed a wealth of credits as a founding member of Slum Village, then went on to work with Amp Fiddler, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, Common and many others. He died Feb. 10, 2006 in Los Angeles from Lupus at the age of 32.
The third Dilla Youth Day, meanwhile, follows on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the 5eGallery, 4605 Cass Ave., Detroit. Hands-on beat-making and technology workshops run from noon-4 p.m., with a special presentation by Detroit artist Amp Fiddler, with performances from 5-8 p.m. by the Urban Stringz Youth Orchestra, Obsidian Blues Detroit, the Motor City Rockerz and others. Admission is free. More information can be found at Dilla Youth Day's event page on Facebook.
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