Like every year Dilla fans & lovers are called from all corners of Berlin’s for celebrate the birthday of Jay Dee aka J Dilla. This time we have his brother from Detroit Illa J as guest of honor. He will tell few stories from the life of his brother and also play his own tracks live. With DJ and keyboard, there will be sets up really different kind of Hip Hop. Again, with Ecke Prenz, THE SMELLS, That Fucking Sara, Hazeem and Stimulus from New York.
James Dewitt Yancey, better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. According to his obituary at NPR.org, he „was one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Common.
Jay Dee began his career as a member of the Ummah, A Tribe Called Quest’s production team. Peter Adarkwah, the founder of BBE Records, which released Jay Dee’s 2001 solo albumWelcome 2 Detroit, gave the following statement: “Jay was one of my favorite Hip-Hop producers of all time. His passion for music was a rare thing amongst people in the music industry. His music and presence will be sorely missed for many years to come.”
In just over 10 years, James Dewitt Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla accomplished more in terms of recorded output than most artists do in a lifetime. From producing GRAMMY award-winning songs to earning the adulation of his peers and creating a signature sound that altered hip hop and soul music forever, Jay did it all while being the most influential “unknown” producer in the business. At a time when hip hop producers were more recognizable than the artists they worked with, Jay shunned the limelight and humbly revolutionized the sound of hip hop with his meticulous, soulful productions.
Jay’s music mirrored his fastidious nature. Nothing ever sounded out of place in his beats. This quality along with a mathematical sense of order was reflected in his personal life and appearance: clothing and records kept in plastic, shoes neatly stacked in boxes, crisply pressed jeans, and the ever-present feather duster never far from hand. Yet it was the imperfect, the mistakes in music that excited him. His signature sloppy, off-beat drum programming gave his tracks a feeling of freshness and spontaneity, standing in stark contrast to the mechanical, perfectly-quantized beats which characterized much of hip hop at the time.
ONE NIGHT FOR DILLA w/ Illa J, Ecke & more
Saturday, 6th February 2016 | 20:00 CET
Private club | Skalitzer Straße 85-86 | 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg