The first annual Donuts Are Forever Fundraiser took place in New York City after James ‘J Dilla’ Yancey’s death. Arguably the first annual tribute to his death, in its wake its grown from a small little party an outright pilgrimage for some. The Rare Form DJ/Party collective that throws the party has had mainstream superstar DJ’s like Just Blaze and ?uestlove and this year they decided to settle down in the most logical place to hear J Dilla’s music, a bowling alley.
Now don’t get me wrong, Brooklyn Bowl is a world class venue literally and acts as big as Guns and Roses have graced its stage. But in a city that can be as pretentious as New York, having such a popular event at such a venue sends a message. The crowd was friendly, flirty, and continuously dancing. Patrons mobbed the bar buying alcohol for themselves, their friends, and people that caught their eye. Plenty of J Dilla themed t-shirts were in the house. And guests like Young Guru, ?uestlove, and Yancey’s mother “Ma Dukes” popped in to pay tribute and participate in the fun.
Guest DJ’s Good Reverend Dr. J, DJ Prince, DJ Still Life, 6th Sense and DJ Parler kept the vibe going for the six hours while the party swelled (and the lines grew longer outside on a cold New York City night). Eventually Jazzy Jeff hit the stage and didn’t let himself be constrained by the dozens of Dilla songs played during the night, one of the biggest crowd pleasures he played was Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo”.
Running over seven (!!!) hours long, the energy never stopped and a great crowd bought a rarely felt house party vibe to New York City. Kudos to everyone involved, and see you next year.
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