Donuts Are Forever is New York City’s leading yearly tribute event to deceased music producer and rapper James Dewitt Yancey, known as Jay Dee or J Dilla. Although I usually rock with the DC Loves Dilla events every year, I was asked to be a guest for NYC’s celebration, which also includes super-producer Just Blaze.
Proceeds from this event go to a scholarship fund that sends kids to music production and DJ classes.
Sunday, February 17th, 2012
Presidents’ Day Weekend
Rare Form & Okayplayer present
DONUTS ARE FOREVER 7
an annual NYC tribute to a Detroit legend
177 2nd Avenue (corner of 14th St)
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Purchase advance tickets here:
When it comes to hip-hop and modern progressive soul, Dilla’s innovative production techniques and prodigious output place him among the greatest who ever did it. And those peers often cede that superlative to him. Dilla’s vast catalog includes Slum Village, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, and D’Angelo as well as a collection of highly prized solo releases. Donuts is a project he worked on from his hospital bed and was released three days before he passed away in 2006.
For more on Dilla’s work:
- Why J Dilla May Be Jazz’s Latest Great Innovator – NPR
- Questlove on Why J Dilla Was the Best Rap Producer of All Time – XXL
- J Dilla complete discography – Stones Throw