Illa J and E Major backstage. More photos below.
As has been the case with every Dilla tribute event that I’ve been part of since Hip Hop suffered the loss of one of the most talented and prolific producers it’s seen, last night’s “Forever Shining” event was something special. I think many of the attendees would agree that it was probably the best one that we’ve had in Baltimore. The band was great and the performers did they’re thing. From UllNevaNo opening with “The Red” to Illa J ending the performance portion doing songs from his Yancey Boys album as well as choice Dilla/Slum Village tracks, it was an overall really entertaining event as a performer and an audience member. The numerous DJ’s added to the vibe and it was dope to go to the upstairs bar to get away from the crowd for a minute to get a drink and hear the DJ’s dig a little deeper into the J Dilla legacy with some rare treats and even a “milk crate” session where they played samples that Dilla used back to back with the songs he used them in while Ahk from Morgan State’s 88.9FM hosted.
I want to think everyone who helped make last night another success and the Yancey family for making it special for those of us who’s lives Dilla truly changed with his music.