Detroit Prepping for Second Annual Dilla Day Tribute Concert

(AllHipHop News) The Detroit Hip-Hop community will honor the late and highly influential producer J. Dilla for the second annual Dilla Day Tribute.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Royce da 5’ 9” and Talib Kweli are set to headline the annual tribute on February 9 at the Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan.

It has been roughly seven years since the highly revered Detroit hip-hop producer, born James Yancey, passed away from complications lupus at age 32.

Dilla Days have become popular around the world as an homage to one of the genre’s most influential producers.

Also set to perform is rap duo Frank n Dank; soul-jazz group the B. Williams Experiment and J. Dilla’s younger brother, John “Illa J” Yancey, who recorded with J Dilla in a group they called The Yancey Boys.

In addition to the aforementioned acts, several DJ’s will take the stage as well including, DJ House Shoes, DJ Sicari and DJ Spinna, along with classical arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

The show is set to be co-hosted by Yolanda (Yo-Yo) Whitaker and Grap Luva.

Tickets range from $20-$50 and went on sale yesterday (January 9th) via and Ticketmaster.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the J. Dilla Foundation, a nonprofit group started J. Dilla’s mother, Maureen (Ma Dukes) Yancey.

The February 9 show will include the premiere of Lost Scrolls Volume I, a collection of Dilla work to be released by Delicious Vinyl Records.

“Dilla,” as his friends called him, suffered from Lupus and passed away at the early age of 32, after being hospitalized for pneumonia.

While battling his illness, J. Dilla became widely regarded as one of the most influential and prolific producers of all time, staying busy amid his waning health conditions.

Producing for the Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, D’Angelo, and his own group, Slum Village, Dilla developed a cult-like, post-mortem following.

His legacy includes production for some of today’s biggest Hip-Hop stars, as well as the release of the critically acclaimed, 31-track “Donuts” album just after his passing.

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