Yasiin Bey Will Perform a Special Tribute to J. Dilla For One Night Only in London (News)
It’s been more than 9 years since Hip-Hop lost J. Dilla. Each year in February, Heads celebrate the late great producer and the tributes have extended from Dilla Day to Dilla Weekend. For Yasiin Bey (pka Mos Def), however, who was fortunate enough to be the beneficiary of some of Dilla’s beats, the celebration of Jay Dee is not limited to one month of the year.
For one night only in June (6/11/15), Bey will take the stage at London’s Indigo @ The O2 to perform a show where he raps over nothing but Dilla’s classic tracks. In a statement released by Soundcrash, who is presenting the show, the company stated “Mos Def’s respect within the Hip-Hop world is of great distinction. He has worked with De La Soul, Kanye West, Madlib, Talib Kweli and The Roots. Yasiin Bey himself has been responsible for bringing some of Dilla’s work to light after the producer’s death, notably using his beats on Mos Def tracks ‘History’ (2009) and ‘Sunshine Screwface’ (2012). Bey’s understanding of the life and work of [James] Yancey leaves him as the ideal candidate to lead a celebration of an extraordinary musician’s life at The O2’s Indigo.”
For those fortunate enough to be in the London area on that night in June, tickets go on sale for the event at 10am (likely London time) Friday (5/1) here.