What Dilla Means To Me….Grap Luva

by Winston "Stone" Ford

In celebration of tonight’s DC Loves Dilla Performance with Talib Kwlei, we asked host and MC Grap Luva to reminisce on the talented producer and MC.

James “J-Dilla” Yancey inspired me by creating some of the most prolific music that I have heard in long time. He helped me realized that when you call yourself a producer, you cannot limit yourself to just your machines and records, but also utilize live instrumentation as well as your voice. He sang a lot! His stlye screamed “You can’t pigeonhole me!” and that is what I would want for myself as an artist.  He continues to inspire and baffle me at the same time! TURN IT UP!!

RIP Dilla.

DC. Please join us tonight for DC loves Dilla with a live band playing Dilla classics, while Kev Brown, Allison Carney, Diamond District, Wes Felton and more interpret his greatest tracks. The event will be hosted by Talib Kweli.