The J. Dilla Foundation in association with ThisIsRealMusic.com and The Smooth Operators Movement present “One Won’t Do Pt. 2: A J Dilla Tribute and Fundraiser” taking place on Thursday Feb. 3rd at DROM Nightclub in NYC. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm.
Last year’s event was massively successful and this year’s event is expected to eclipse that with the addition of live performances from some of Hip Hop’s most talented acts. This year’s lineup includes Illa J, Slum Village and Q-Tip of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. All proceeds from this event will go to The J. Dilla Foundation and its inner city music programs.
The Mission of The J Dilla Foundation is to help fund inner-city music programs, and provide scholarships to students attending schools that have progressive music curricula. The foundation was started by Maureen Yancey, mother of acclaimed producer James “Jay Dee aka J Dilla” Yancey. J Dilla was a Grammy award winning record producer and artist who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. According to NPR.org, he was one of the music industryís most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts such as Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Common and Janet Jackson.
J Dilla passed away in 2006 after long suffering with Lupus and the rare blood disease TTP. “Dilla was about love in many formats,” Maureen states. “One of the things he wanted me to do with his legacy was to use it to help others – kids who were musically gifted but had little hope due to poverty. It is the foundation’s hope that by funding and encouraging such progressive music curricula, young prodigies, and music enthusiast alike will have the tools and support they need to flourish and become successful within the entertainment industry.”