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Happy Birthday, J Dilla!
This year’s “Dilla Day Detroit” concert coincides with J Dilla’s birthday and enlists several hip-hop legends to pay tribute to the late great producer.
DJ Premier and Pete Rock will battle and anchor the wheels of steel for “Dilla Day Detroit.” Hip-Hoppers De La Soul, Slum Village and Guilty Simpson will rock the mic. In addition, Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest will be in attendance to debut the video for his new single “#DearDilla.”
The entire event will be hosted by Ro Spit and Grap Luva.
As early as 3am on Sunday, Childish Gambino fans waited outside Rough Trade NYC to be the very first to buy his new album, because the internet. Those who got in earliest were invited to see him perform that evening in a secret, somewhat random, loft in Manhattan.
100+ dedicated Tumblr’ers traversed two boroughs, huddled outside in the snow and huffed up six flights of stairs to what culminated in a super intimate, memorable show. In a representation of the mansion setting where he recorded the album, with projections that brought his art to life and backed by a full band, Childish Gambino presented his new music to his most passionate fans as it was meant to be discovered, IRL.
Somehow, they had already learned all the words.
Big thanks to Childish Gambino for hosting, providing the music and signing a million autographs in his room, Brian Roettinger for creating the art, Glassnote Music, Rough Trade and the incredibly chill dude who welcomed us into his home.
Photos courtesy of Laura June Kirsch.
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