Parties and tributes go down every February across the
country world, and I’m excited to team up with Applied Pressure to bring together a tribute here in Austin on Thursday at Holy Mountain, No Cover.
After his passing there was a huge wave of interest in his music. Alot of this interest came from media outlets/people that never seemed to give him shine beforehand, which lead to a backlash from the die-hards and the typical band-waggon accusations. These accusations have merit, because well they’re true. BUT for me the main point is spreading the message and honoring his work and contribution to Hip-Hop, Soul, and sample-based production.
NPR, a non-traditional outlet for Hip Hop music, has done a great job with their coverage. For example, stories like this one, Why J Dilla May Be Jazz’s Latest Great Innovator, are definitely fitting and honors his legacy.
IMO outlets like NPR (with a predominately middle-class white demographic) are doing more for his legacy than commercial “Urban/Hip Hop” radio/media here in the U.S. You know those stations/publications that are the self-proclaimed “home for hip hop and r&b”….But that’s another never-ending post.
In Europe they have been ahead of the game by leaps and bounds. Below are some links from the BBC that covered Dilla’s work, and honestly they are better than anything that Angie Martinez, Big Boy, Miss Info, or any other US urban radio puppet could pull off! The first piece was spearheaded by Benji B, which contains interviews with Mos Def, Common, Questlove, Ma Dukes, Erykah Badu, and more. The second piece is an excerpt from a 2001 interview on Gilles Peterson’s WorldWide. Turn it up! FB Event Link.