Montreal Loves Dilla, an annual event honouring late hip hop legend J Dilla, has announced the lineup for its 15th anniversary edition. Due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, the Artbeat-organized function is going digital for 2021:
Among the highlights are local DJs Shash’U and DJ Mad, turntablist extraordinaire Skratch Bastid and none other than DJ Jazzy Jeff serving as the headliner.
Montreal Loves Dilla 2021 will also feature a conversation with Dilla’s mother, Ma Dukes. Ma Dukes has previously appeared live at the in-person events, as has Dilla’s brother, Illa J, who lived in Montreal for a number of years.
This year’s edition is PWYC, with proceeds going towards the J Dilla Foundation. The mission statement of the charity is to “strive to make a better tomorrow for today’s youth.”
J Dilla was born on Feb. 7, 1974. His avant-garde production style helped shape the careers of the Pharcyde, Slum Village and A Tribe Called Quest, among others. Dilla passed on Feb. 10, 2006, just days after his 32nd birthday and the release of Donuts, his second studio album. According to Ma Dukes, Dilla died of cardiac arrest and had also been battling lupus and pneumonia.
In a recent interview, Busta Rhymes revealed to have over 300 J Dilla instrumentals in the vault. The producer earned a posthumous credit on Rhymes’s “Strap Yourself Down,” which was featured on his album Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God.
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