2014 Dilla Day Detroit To Include Native Tongues, Slum Village & DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock

From his work with Slum Village to “Fuck The Police,” J Dilla helped give Detroit a rhythm throughout the ’90s and 2000s. Jay Dee, as Heads first knew him, helped take the sound coming out of the Electronica influence, combined with Soul City sampling, and made artists ranging from De La Soul to A Tribe Called Quest to Common, want a crack at the thump.

2014’s Dilla Day Detroit will take place on February 7th, at the city’s Fillmore Theater. The Yancey Media Group (a music publishing, licensing and merchandising entity built to honor J Dilla within his family’s image and likeness) produces the event, and ’14’s lineup will include Dilla collaborators such as De La Soul, Phife Dawg (who made a tribute song earlier in the week), Guilty Simpson, and Phat Kat. Two of Dilla’s influences, Gang Starr’s DJ Premier and Pete Rock will participate in a sound-clash battle in honor of their upcoming album. Also performing is Slum Village, led by Jay’s living co-founder in the group, T3. Pete Rock’s brother Grap Luva and Ro Spit will host.

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