In a perfect Dilla World, JayDee Beat Batch Warz, which is a producer beat battle to honor James Dewitt Yancey, will rise to national and international recognition in years to come. This Friday, March 2nd 2018, the Twin Cities DillaDay Committee will continue to keep his spirit alive through the art of battling, Hip Hop is rooted in the art of battle and JayDee Beat Batch Warz has become a staple of the Twin Cities Producer scene.
Last week the YCB You(th) Are Here Outreatch Team was out at the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club to help support their Black History Month Celebration Event put on by all of their program participants.
On February 9 I went on WFNU Frogtown Radio to talk with the host of the AP Lit show, Aaron Price, for a special edition, "The Dilla Diff’rence". We discussed earliest Dilla memories, which for me was the Pharcyde's Labcabincalifornia LP, along with memories of the first Dilla Day we hosted 5 years ago and favorite Dilla collaborations like the Jaylib project.. 2 superproducers fully immersed in their craft!
5th Annual Dilla Days features hip hop events at House of Dance and Icehouse on April 7
MINNEAPOLIS — February 7, 2018 — The Twin Cities chapter of the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation will host a pair of events April 7 to celebrate the music of Dilla, aka J Dilla or Jay Dee. Twin Cities Dilla Days returns for a fifth year with two events: a combined hip hop dance and music production battle, and a show featuring legendary producer and DJ Pete Rock, plus several well-known local acts.
Hip hop culture has consistently helped generations of youth use their creativity for something tangible, positive, and productive. We are reaching out to you as someone who believes in the power and vibrancy of Hip Hop Culture to become a sponsor of the 2018 Twin Cities Dilla Days.
Dilla Days honors the legacy of Hip Hop icon James Dewitt Yancey, known as J. Dilla or JayDee, a child musical prodigy who took the field of music production to new heights before his untimely death from lupus at age 32, in 2006.