The folks over at promotions company Rare Form have been putting on its annual Donuts Are Forever fundraiser and tribute in honor of the late J Dilla since 2007. Headlining the seventh special event will be producer Just Blaze on the turntables, joining a growing group of Hip-Hop icons that have appeared as guests.
The jam will take place Sunday, February 17 at SRB Brooklyn. Joining Just Blaze on the wheels will be DJ Tara, DJ Parler, DJ Stylus and Shawn Dub. Hosting the event will be Brooklyn underground MC Fresh Daily.
Already scoring support from past Dilla collaborators such as ?uestlove of The Roots, the company recently announced a new partnership with music site Okayplayer. The press release read:
Okayplayer has supported Donuts Are Forever since its inception in 2007 and Rare Form since we began 2003,” said Kristy Gomez of Rare Form. “Whether promoting our other events, having ?uestlove DJ Donuts 4, or serving as a sounding board for our ideas, Okayplayer has always been a behind-the-scenes supporter. We’re excited to bring them to the forefront as a true collaborator.
Dan Petruzzi, president of Okayplayer, called Donuts Are Forever the “definitive annual J Dilla tribute in NYC” and voiced his team’s support in the venture. Donuts Are Forever was inspired by the life and music of James “J Dilla” Yancey who succumbed to health complications related to a rare blood disease back in 2006. His last produced album, Donuts, was the inspiration behind the name of the event.
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Tomorrow (February 7th) would have marked the 39th birthday of one James Yancey, and to celebrate Stüssy has linked up with the J Dilla Estate for a limited-edition run of tees referencing some of the classic albums in Dilla’s discography. Check them out down bottom, and grab yourself a shirt when it drops this Friday (February 8th).
Fans of James “J Dilla” Yancey are still reeling from the unfortunate passing of the famed Detroit producer and rapper. After succumbing to a rare blood disease in 2006, Dilla’s legacy has lived on through a series of tributes, beat jacks and a record label helmed by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey. After releasing this year’s Rebirth Of Detroit album via the Yancey Music Group label, it appears that even more unreleased Dilla material will hit shelves over the next few months.
A quick glance at J Dilla’s official Tumblr page reveals a statement from longtime label Delicious Vinyl which announces a newly forged partnership with the Yanceys to release unheard works from Dilla, reports FACT. Frank Nitt (of Frank-N-Dank fame) serves as the official curator of the vaulted material, which he’s named The Lost Scrolls. Nitt’s role in bringing this new material to the public undoubtedly has the Internets on fire.
Dilla was my closest childhood friend,” said Nitt in the announcement. “I went with him out to L.A. that first time in 1996. I met [Delicious Vinyl founder] Mike Ross then and saw he was giving Dilla the opportunity to get [these] beats out.”
Nitt then explained how Illa J (Dilla’s younger brother) and his Yancey Boys project put him in contact with Ross and further reestablished a connection 16 years in the making. “We’re doing this with Delicious Vinyl with the total approval of [Dilla's mother] Ma Dukes, who’s known and trusted Mike from way back,” concluded Nitt.
Next month, fans will get to peep the first of the releases with the digital-only single “The Throwaway” featuring The Yancey Boys (J Dilla and Illa J) and Frank Nitt. In 2013, a 10-inch vinyl release of J Dilla tracks featuring raps from the producer will be up for grabs. Frank-N-Dank’s debut LP, 48 Hours, will also get an official release after being heavily bootlegged on the Web. Source: hiphopwired.com