Last night Questlove from the legendary The Roots crew honored the late J Dilla with a DJ set. Following up epic sets from DJ Rich Medina and Mike Nyce, Questlove ran through a host of J Dilla’s greatest hits, as painters Ameerah, K Art and Chuck Style created visuals of J Dilla himself.
In addition to the DJing and painting, there was also a raffle for a poster honoring J Dilla with all proceeds being donated to the Lupus Foundation of America.
From his work with Slum Village to his music with The Pharcyde’sLabcabincalifornia, to A Tribe Called Quest’s Beats, Rhymes and Life to Common’s Like Water for Chocolate, J Dilla was remembered by Philly in his greatest light.
As video from Visualeyz flashed across the screen and Yameen Allworld hosted, a packed house enjoyed Questlove’s set that drew from a vault of more than 100 songs that The Roots have been working on during their lunch breaks on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show.
“Two years ago we decided to do ‘Lunch with Dilla Hour’ which is like knock off like 3 or 4 Dilla joints a day or like 9 to 12 tracks a week. So all these beats that you are listening to are all beats that J Dilla has made and the Roots have done over again. I know you heard some of this shit on YouTube, but this is a passion project, this shit aint about putting out records. This is how we spend our lunch hour,” Questlove told a sold out crowd at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia.
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