Doin’ Dilla backs musical potential of inner-city youth
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • February 04, 2013 @ 11:13am
In the third part of Deep Thinka Records’ “Being” series, the independent Buffalo hip-hop record label will honor the memory of legendary producer-performer J. Dilla, who worked with A Tribe Called Quest, Janet Jackson, Common, the Roots and Busta Rhymes.
From 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday, DTR will host a party at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St., Buffalo. The cost is only $5 at the door, and proceeds benefit the J Dilla Foundation, which is a charitable endeavor started by the mother of James Yancey after her son died of lupus and a rare blood disease called TTP.
The mission of the J Dilla Foundation is admirable:
It is the foundation’s hope that by funding and encouraging such progressive music curricula, young prodigies, and music enthusiast alike will have the tools and support they need to flourish and become successful within the entertainment industry. The importance of urban music in academia is also heavily stressed.
The event will be karaoke-style, as partiers can choose a Dilla-produced hit—and trust us, there’s a wide range of those—and perform in front of a supportive DBGB audience. An easy-going fundraiser with a relevant cause that expands beyond the limits of Buffalo, Doin’ Dilla already has well over 100 commits on Facebook.
DJs Mike Cutler and Billy Drease Williams will spin Dilla-produced jams between karaoke sets.