So, as you can see, I've been kinda slummin' on the bloggin' tip. A lot going on in the personal life, work's been killer, and the DC area has been dealing with enough lately regarding our new Prez's (big-up to OBAMA!!!) stimulus package, and coming down from all of the incredible inaugural excitement.
Just when it seemed like we had nothing to get hyped about in this area until our perennial/obligatory 4th of July BBQ/Party (...MAN, summer '09 seems years away, don't it??); it's time to celebrate the life, legacy and AMAZING (<-- I try to only use that word when truly applicable...) catalog of James Dewitt Yancey, a.k.a. Jay Dee, a.k.a. J Dilla, a.k.a. Dilla Dawg!!!
For the rest of my life, Feb. 7th - Feb. 10th, and which ever week(s) those days fall on, will be Dilla Week, to me!!! Last year's was spent between BKNY's Donuts are Forever and DC's unmatched XM Radio event featuring Dilla's Moms, Pete Rock and Talib Kweli (see post below!!).
Washington, DC's Red Lounge is already the jump-off every Tuesday night, featuring resident DJs 2 Tone Jones, and my mans Roddy Rod. The cherry-on-top tomorrow, is that there will be Dilla's music on BLAST, all night long. Plus, it's also one of the DMV's greatest producer's, Kev Brown's B-day, so be sure to wish him a "Happy 30-somethin'!!!" And as always, one of the area's GREATEST MCs (as in skillz on the mic...AND...awesome Master of Ceremonies) Grap Luva of INI and brother to legendary producer Pete Rock, will be in the building to keep things moving all night.
Not that it's anything new, but I've been specifically filtering the Jay Dee tracks on my iTunes, all week. I seriously can't wait to hear some more, among his great fans, some of the area's best Hip-Hop/R&B/Soul artists, and LOUD as F*&<, just as it was always meant to be played.
So, just like Dilla said: Turn it UP!!!
Dilla's Nite/Kev Brown B-Day
Tomorrow, Tuesday 2.10.09
9:00pm - Until
2013 14th Street, NWDC
$7 Cover, or FREE if you go HERE and cop a T-Shirt and bring proof of purchase!!
(Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, the mother of the late James “J Dilla” Yancey, is currently battling Lupus/Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP or Moschcowitz disease), the same disease that took her son’s life. Proceeds from the purchase of this shirt, as well as the DC event will go towards Ma Dukes. So, show your love!!!)