It’s the magical time of year again you guys. Not just Black History Month, or time of the annual grammies, NBA all star game in LA, it’s Dilla’s birthday. In honor of what is undoubtedly the best hip hop producer of all time, here’s “J.Dilla : Still Shining” the documentary for the fans that know him best told by the people who love him.
On February 10, 2007, exactly one year after J Dilla’s death, Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space hosted “Donuts Are Forever,” a tribute night featuring Pharoahe Monch and DJ Scratch.
The line stretched around the block, and heads were turned away due to overcrowding.
One week earlier, in London, a group of DJs, including 4Hero’s Marc Mac, participated in “J Dilla Changed My Life,” a tribute/benefit that raised $5,000 and brought in more than 750 supporters.
Such is the impact that Dilla (born James Yancey) continues to have on the hip-hop scene more than a year after his death from lupus complications. With a clothing line, numerous releases and posthumous awards (the Detroit producer picked up Artist of the Year and Record Producer of the Year at the 2007 PLUG Awards) contributing to a mini-empire, Dilla’s lasting legacy proves that, oddly enough, 2007 may have …