Various tributes took place this weekend (February 2 and 3) across London, UK to honor one of the greatest producers of all time, J Dilla aka James Yancey.
J Dilla passed away in 2006 at the age of 32, after being hospitalized for pneumonia whilst battling Lupus.
The Detroit born and raised artist became widely regarded as one of the most influential producers of all time, producing for groups such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, De La Soul, Pharcyde and his own group, Slum Village.
In honor and in celebration of his music, J Dilla is being remembered in London with a release of a documentary titled The View From the Other Side: J Dilla A European Remembrance which features European artists and DJ’s such as Shortee Blitz, Mr Thing, Onra, Lefto and Chief.
Directed by independent filmmaker, Shernay LaTouche, the film explores underground communities and cultures influenced by J Dilla in London, Berlin and Paris. The premiere took place on Saturday February 2 at Hackney Picture House, London.
J Dilla’s music was also remembered at the seventh annual “Doctor’s Orders Dilla” on Sunday (February 3) at The Scala, London.
Previously, the event was attended by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey. This year, DJ’s spinning on the night will include Kidkanevil, DJ LoK and Spin Doctor.
It was hosted by J Dilla’s close friend and artist, Phat Kat. All proceeds will be donated to the J Dilla Foundation and Lupus UK.
Watch a clip from the Doctor’s Order’s tribute which took place in 2012. The event raised over $18,000.