Life After Death


J Dilla “Won’t Do”
from The Shining (2006)

Excuse my insensitivity, but I swore to never watch another posthumous video after the unbearable “Pac’s Life.” Very few of them commemorate, while most simply try to profit from death. At least J Dilla’s video for “Won’t Stop” helped me see the light. Unlike “Pac’s Life,” the performance by Dilla’s brother (spitting image) John Yancey actually commemorates the late producer’s memory without having to recycle a horde of “exclusive, never-before-seen footage.” I give the young weed carrier in the making a pass simply for repping his bro right, instead of leaving it up to corny will.i.am to rap his lyrics. We’ll continue to miss the likes of Dilla, 2Pac, Biggie, Big L and Big Pun, and thankfully there are a few postumous videos that begin to do their memory justice. Check out some of these great moments, after death:


Notorious B.I.G feat. 112 “Sky’s the Limit” (1997)
Spike Jonze portrays B.I.G and the Bad Boy family’s age of innocence through a cast of kids.


2Pac “Changes” (1998)
2Pac’s tumultuous life is captured in a collage of iconic photos, movie clips and historic interviews.


2Pac feat. The Outlawz “Hail Mary” (1996)
Rumors of Pac’s resurrection become urban legend with this horror core classic.


2Pac feat. Nas “Thugz Mansion” (2002)
Pac’s former enemy bridges the gap by appearing in the artsy video from Better Dayz.


Big Pun feat. Donnell Jones “It’s So Hard” 2000
Fat Joe, Nas, Diddy and even J. Lo put their lighters up for rap’s Puerto Rican pioneer.


Big L feat. Miss Jones, Stan Spit and AG “Holdin’ It Down” (2000)
Harlem fills the courts at Harlem’s Rucker Park for ballin’ in Big L’s memory.

  • john cochran

    Thugz Mansion was really creative. I’d rather not see any more pac videos though, if you dont mind. The joint for Pun was my favorite song for a minute when it came out. Rip Dilla. I’m not gone front, I’m not at all familair with his stuff but I been just now picking him up. To be honest, I dont care about videos period for some reason. Its like, Rock videos are always really crazy and take your mind somewhere else. Rap videos most of the time are just MTV Cribs.

  • p_g_lee

    Yo that was some tight videos. Big ups to you guys for doing somthing for Big L don’t see that many videos for the harlem great. agrre wit the 2pac hail mary video. too many great videos to point out at oh the pun video was aiight too bad he had to leave the wourld wit a weak album campared to capital punishment. but yeah baby had it’s momments and/ oh yeah good post this time around i would not normely comment on this blog. good looking out

  • jacquez
  • pistons36

    Will.I.Am’s appearance pretty much ruined the Dilla video for me. I thought it was pretty innapropriate for him to show up in a tribute video dressed like the ringmaster of some kind of gay circus.

  • let the game begin

    that kid dilla is nice with it

  • Atl’s own

    Who the hell is j-Dilla and Big L!

    Every body know who Pac, Big, & Pun is; the other 2 i’ve never heard of!

    But Rest In Peace anyway!

  • Three4

    What!!! Big L is one of the best rappers who have walked on this earth and J-Dilla is one of the best producers, check out their music, NOW!!!

  • JERSEYRESiDENT

    man u dont kno who Big L be? u serious kid? nigga is top 5/10 dead or alive..shit his skills are par wbig and pun..perhapz even greater..damn kid u dont kno who big l be dats a shame..big l r.i.p. dat nigga iz my favorite rapper eva…and r.i.p. to all tha rest..ya’ll dont got ne like Mac Dre or some shit?? or Eazy-E? itz w/e big L harlem’s finest..punchline king NiGGa!

  • sudman the budman

    Where’s Mac Dre?!?! One of the greatest!

    Thizz in Peace Furl

  • skip

    ATL’S OWN u r a fucking idiot for saying/typing who is BIG L? That’s y hip-hop is dead. DUMB FUCK. Go buy his fing album then you’ll understand who BIG L WAS/IS. XXL needs 2 screen some of the dumb shit that’s allowed 2 be posted on this dam site I’m really fucking heated at that comment.

  • yung ceasa

    Atl’s own Says:

    December 21st, 2006 at 12:58 pm
    Who the hell is j-Dilla and Big L!

    Every body know who Pac, Big, & Pun is; the other 2 i’ve never heard of!

    But Rest In Peace anyway!

    i agree wit skip how da fuck u aint gon know who big l and j dilla iz……granted they werent big, big, mainstream artists but anybody who follows hip-hop should know who they are

  • Atl’s own

    skip U can suck a dick!

    apparently U da stupid 1!

    the question wasn’t rhetorical U kno?

    i expected an answer u dumb fuck!

    But from yo reaction i guess he sum NY local guy who yo luv 4 & ignorance made U assume that somehow, sum local guy was reachin the masses way down here!

    Well guess what dumb fuck Hip-Hop don’t revolve around NY!

  • http://www.thesbdexperience.com livefromthe225

    but on the real big homie ATL, i’m from Baton Rouge,La and am quite familiar with who dilla and big L…peep L’s first disc “Lifestyle uv da poor and dangerous” which features artists like a young Jay-Z gettin and Dilla along with RZA perfected the soul-sample sound later popularized by Kanye & Just Blaze

  • Atl’s own

    Finally, sumone who don’t turn bitch when a nigga ask a question!

    thanx!

    livefromthe225

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    That new single Pac’s Life is the shit it reminds me of how ill that dude was with his flow at the same time spittin real shit…he was the total package and a unique individual…i aspire to follow in his footsteps…just need that one break to free me from the systems grasp then i can due all that i have stored in me…

  • skip

    ATL’S OWN FIRST OFF I’M A GROWN ASS MAN DON’T INVITE ME 2 YA PRIVATES I DON’T GET DOWN LIKE THAT. DON’T TYPE STUPID SHIT . AND IF IT WAS A QUESTION WHERE’S THE ? MARK AT THE END ASSHOLE U HAVE AN EXCLAMTION POINT THAT’S NOT ASKING A ? DUMB FUCK

  • skip

    AND YES I’M FROM NYC AND I KNEW HIM 1 OF THE COOLEST PPL IN THE WORLD

  • Atl’s own

    U may have knew him; but english not so much huh!?

    If a phrase start with the word “who” it is in fact a question!

    by the way wat do bein grown got to do wit dis Big L character?

  • skip

    shaking my head u have an exclamtion at the end therefore it’s not a ? any english teacher will tell u that.

  • skip

    being grown meaning don’t invite me 2 ya privates that’s what that means

  • Drastik Hussain (Bay Repper)

    haha ya’ll niggas tickle me pink, beefing on some R.I.P shit, fucking internet nerds, get up get out and get something.

    408

  • Adam_K

    “But from yo reaction i guess he sum NY local guy who yo luv 4 & ignorance made U assume that somehow, sum local guy was reachin the masses way down here!”

    I’m going to ignore the idea that this is a fake poster and actually respond to this.

    I am a teenager. I’ve lived in the South for most of my life (Arkansas to be exact). I worship at the altar of Big L. Dude is much more than “some local guy.” He was one of the best to ever do it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_L_(rapper)

  • O-Dub

    Most of dem video was good except 4 J Dilla’z. But dey shuld of done something 4 Camoflouge and Soulja Slim even though most of ya wouldn’t no who dey iz

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    new money

  • http://allhiphop.com DA DEVIL

    WAY TOO MUCH 2PAC.

  • ani

    The title of the Dilla video is “Won’t Do” not “Won’t Stop.” Did you even listen to the lyrics?

    Instead of spending your time clowning Will.I.Am for being in the video, maybe you should do your research and get your facts right instead.

    Y’all should be happy that along with the usual Commons and Talib Kwelis, artists like Will, Blackthought and DJ Rhettmatic showed up to the shoot to support Dilla and the movement. What’s corny about that?

  • lowdowg

    rest in peace Pac!

  • JonnyE

    Drastik Hussain (Bay Repper) Says:

    December 24th, 2006 at 3:10 pm
    haha ya’ll niggas tickle me pink, beefing on some R.I.P shit, fucking internet nerds, get up get out and get something.

    408

    westcoast