Posted in hiphop | music | tour dates on February 17, 2012

Donuts

Continuing 6 years after Hip-Hop visionary J Dilla's death, the annual Donuts Are Forever tribute benefit is slated for this Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl (2/19). The concert includes DJ sets by TARA, Brina Payne, Ill Digitz, GETLIVE!, and returning act Parler, with producer Prince Paul and DJ Neil Armstrong headlining. Rap trio Tanya Morgan will share hosting responsibilities for the evening, following a performance Wednesday night (2/15) in iHeartDilla's "One Song" lineup at Southpaw. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are still available. Flyer below.

While "Donuts Are Forever" further solidifies itself as a tradition each year, new odes to the late maestro are still taking form. Questlove recently DJed an hour-long set for Hot 97 devised soley of J Dilla tunes, which is available for download here. The drummer also wrote an essay for XXL rhapsodizing J Dilla's singular talent, explaining his influence on Hip-Hop and his own work:

"The day after he recorded "Think Twice," for Welcome to Detroit, I look at the drum set, and I was like, "Wait, you recorded that on this?" And it was the most dingiest, dirtiest, not even second-hand. [It] looked like the Fat Albert junkyard gang drum set. Screws were missing; some of the heads were broken. Matter of fact, he didn't even use real drumsticks on "Think Twice." He used a vibraphone mallet, and he had a broken drumstick that he got some toilet paper from the bathroom, and some rubber bands. I was like, "You would rather go through this MacGuyver shit than buy new drumsticks?" He's like, "I didn't know where to get 'em this late at night; I had to make due." I was like, "Well, why did you hit the drums with the mallet?" He was like, "I didn't want the dynamic to be too aggressive. I wanted to sound muted, so I decided to play the drums with the soft cotton mallet." It looked like putting a marshmallow at the end of a toothpick [Laughs]. Next thing I know, I'm now flying to Philadelphia--I think the next week, [to work on] The Roots' Phrenology record [and] I tracked both "Quills" and "Pussy Galore" the same way. I went and got some orchestra mallets, and then I too started, just 'cause I seen how he got that sound."
As per usual, Questlove DJ'd at Brooklyn Bowl last night (as he will on many more Thursdays). He's also scheduled to appear at "Bowlive" events at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/1 and 3/8.

Dilla

In Detroit, J Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, organzied a "Dilla Day" concert and community celebration in the producer's hometown this past weekend (2/10-2/11). Performers for the Friday night show included Danny Brown, Busta Rhymes,, Jay Electronica, and A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg (who has a NYC show coming up), while Saturday's free event included "hands-on beat-making exhibits for children" and a preview of a short-form documentary "Rebirth in Detroit," which followed J Dilla and other local musicians and is to be released later this year. Above photos of the Fillmore marquee via jmackhh.

Aside from his tribute duties, Prince Paul is reuniting with his erstwhile collaborators De La Soul for a new album. While the group's latest creative incarnation First Serve is still underway, two new videos were uploaded to their Youtube channel last weekend teasing new material. Check out "Life is Great" and "Mr. Big Mouph II" below...

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Comments (30)

If only this wasn't 21 +

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 9:06 AM

^^ U Mad Bro???

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 9:42 AM

How come there isn't a hip hop equivalent to metal's sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 9:42 AM

Lame.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 9:52 AM

9:42 - it's called "The DL", and we don't talk about it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 9:54 AM

I wonder if Michael Sosa likes donuts?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 9:54 AM

@9:52 - If you think a tribute to Dilla with a live performance by Prince Paul is lame, then you are just about the biggest clueless d-bag around.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 10:15 AM

fuck you questlove, release the 'shuffle culture' lineup already

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 10:43 AM

keep your wallet in front pocket. shiz

Posted by Blag | February 17, 2012 10:44 AM

9:54...the only donuts Michael Sosa likes are the ones with the rainbow sprinkles.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 10:44 AM

an bring dem white girls wit da big titties yeeeuh

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 11:04 AM

Linsanity > Detroit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 11:04 AM

Michael Sosa > Detroit

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 11:13 AM

Lin > Detroit

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 11:14 AM

I've never been to a real rap show before, but if Prince is going to be there it could be pretty good right? So, how do I dress for one of these? Do I wear dark colors to kinda look like one of the "homeboys", or do I wear all white to accent my differentness from them (being that I'm white and all)? Oh, one more thing - so I need to bring a weapon of any kind, like a knife or something? Ya know, just in case?

Thanks, I'll wait for your answers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 11:17 AM

11:17...The only weapon you'll need is Michael Sosa.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 11:28 AM

11:17 - please pick up said knife and jam it into your face. thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 11:50 AM

Hip hop is big black homophobic misogynistic hyper sexual sausage

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 12:27 PM

'Big black homophobic misogynistic hyper sexual sausage' would make a great name for a goregrind band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 12:36 PM

According to Dilla's biography, Michael Sosa was a great source of inspiration for Donuts.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 1:20 PM

You f-ing boneheads who post on this article know shit about hip-hop or music for that matter. You wouldn't know good music if it was being shoved in your ears. Go to another blog to jerk each other off.

Posted by Really | February 17, 2012 5:12 PM

I thought that this was a post about donuts, which (last time I checked) could be prepared in a vegan manner and as such (being a vegan donut lover) I have as much right to post here as you do, you gaping festering anus 5:12

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 6:20 PM

I blame hip hop music and it's culture for most of on anger in these comments.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2012 6:55 PM

I love these guys!

Posted by Suspensão a ar | February 18, 2012 9:57 AM

I love donuts! It's people, and baseball, I hate.

Posted by Michael Sosa | February 18, 2012 12:02 PM

6:55 - I don't know what u mean. Society made me what I am. So what if I jam it in some bitch, than smoke a fool with my 9, what the fuck that mean to you? Unless you wanna get jammed like that bitch or smoked like that fool.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2012 12:04 PM

its good to see that Swedish hardcore/metal is having its having its time in the sun again.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2012 7:39 PM

^ bitch st-st-stutters while typing
Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2012 9:44 PM

According to Dilla's biography, Michael Sosa was a great source of inspiration for Donuts.

Posted by Souq | February 25, 2012 1:55 AM

I like his cap.

Posted by jordon | August 6, 2013 1:20 PM

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