Attention Rappers: J Dilla Tribute Contest [360]

J Dilla was an unassuming genius. Like his striped down infectious soulful beats the Detroit-bred producer didn’t display any the over-the-top flashiness expected of a beatsmith his caliber.

Instead, he was humbly one of the most influential producers in hip-hop history, producing gems for stars the likes of Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, and Common. He even extended his services to music icon Janet Jackson. Today, to celebrate the birthday of the esteemed trackmaster, who passed away on February 10, 2006, is offering an opportunity for Dilla fans to pay homage to his work.

Select a Dilla beat of your liking and lace it with a freestyle paying respect to Jay Dee. The five best freestyles will be posted on on Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Please email all MP3 entries to with the subject line: J DILLA TRIBUTE FREESTYLE by 12pm EST on Thursday, February 10.

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  • Sha.Severe

    I killed this contest!! Holla!!!

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  • 6ix

    One of my fav tracks I laced was to a dilla beat. I think I might submit it anyway.

  • Dude

    when ARE the tracks being shown?

  • http://none Gillious

    Man they shafted us with this contest cold blooded
    if it was a lil wayne contest shit would have been posted everywhere music fucking sucks

  • YOO

    Yo why the hell did xxl even post this if they knew they couldnt be bothered to go throught wif it. They wasted my studio time 4 this shit

  • http://none Gillious

    cuz they f**king idiots. I mean the GREATEST PRODUCER OF ALL TIME cant get no love……they didn’t even announce it was canceled or none of that. i dont get it
    but then again, judging by music fans these days
    we all prolly the only ones who entered once again MUSIC SUCKS (starts playing Marvin Gaye flying high track)

  • YO