Dilla Day Detroit
Despite the snow and two out-of-town headlining acts not making the show, the Detroit hip-hop community came out in force Friday night to Dilla Day, a concert celebrating the musical legacy of the late James Dewitt Yancey.
Known in hip-hop circles as Jay Dee or J Dilla, Motor City-made artists like Fat Ray, Charles English (one half of the Cool Kids), Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, and Danny Brown played brief sets featuring plenty of classic Dilla tracks, the groundbreaking Slum Village founder and prolific Detroit-based producer who died six years ago at the age of 32. -- B.J. Hammerstein/Detroit Free Press