J-Dilla Ain’t Dead Enough

1nce Again,”…it looks like we might have another example of a rapper/producer not quite being dead enough.

Yesterday I stumbled across a post about a Lupus/J-Dilla fundraiser/walk going down in my city. It was pretty much talking about how they set up the fundraiser/walk and have gotten absolutely no support from any of the “Dilla-heads” out there. I myself have never professed myself to be a “Dilla-head” although I’ve rocked out to the majority of his shit. But, upon first reading, the post rubbed me the wrong way. Mainly because it seemed like whoever wrote it was
trying to say “nobody cared” when in actuality “nobody knew.” I guess they just sent emails to people who were Dilla’s myspace friend or something. Even if they did that, shied, as many mah fuggas bombard the bulleting boards with party fliers and “check out my music” post, it’ll probably still go unnoticed.

But then I thought to myself. Most (if not all) “Dilla-head” circles I’ve come across are very niche. It seems like they either all know each other or exchange clothes because almost all of them have at least one Detroit Tigers hat with “-illa” added to the D. Or they all rock some colorway of the “I {heart} Dilla” and “Dilla Saved My Life” shirts. So I would think that telling one is just as good as telling one-thousand. That’s probably what the fundraiser organizers thought too. They probably thought the same way that “Dilla-heads” ran to the store and bought downloaded his catalog after hearing of his death…they would spread the word and hit them up with donations and commitments to the walk. Sad and apparently untrue.

But then, I thought again, fugg it maybe they just Didn’t Know or pay attention because lets admit…the words “New Dilla Fundraiser” probably aren’t as enticing as “New Dilla Track.”

Either way, my little ramblings aside, it would be cool to see just how much support and money we can raise for the cause. The Dilla fundraiser/walk hopes to raise $1,000 towards research for a cure for Lupus. If you don’t want to Drop any bread but will be in the area, you can sign up to join the walk. Not sure if any Runnin’ is allowed though.

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  • http://4cryinoutloudentertainment.blogspot.com boogie nights

    yeah, i heard nothin about this. maybe they should’ve got the people who do those “obama party!” blasts to promote.

  • i’m still here

    you will not let this concept go while you at it i don’t think scott la rock is dead enough,or how about stretch, freaky tah. this is why you were dead last in the poll as to who was the best blogger.

  • http://www.thekaoseffect.com ChicaGOrilla

    Yeah Uncle Herm, Dila’s uncle, is real passionate about this event. And as many heads in Atlanta talking bout they love love Dilla, the evetn was promoted fairly decent last year and only 10 people showed up. It was more heads at the Dumpster Dive afterparty!

  • FLIP

    Everyone needs to stop attaching Dilla’s name to shit. Fundraiser’s included.

  • Clint Southwood

    Many of Dilla supporters are in their late 20′s to early 30′s that’s the crowd that they need to go out for because most of the Dilla heads in that age group has money to spend. I chalk that up as bad marketing. In order to get a massive outpouring of support you have to go to areas of town,clubs, or venues that these types of people hang and get the support. Most of the new hip-hop era thundercats don’t know nothing about Dilla. So how can they support.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka 7Body Sin

    damn i miss Dilla as an MC and Producer, i been bumpin the Champion Sound Delux Edition in regular rotation the past 2 months…… lifes short! and yeah i’m 28 so i admit most of the younger ones only know of him thru tribute moreso than his actual body of work…

  • red dirt

    your comments are broke.

  • patkilpat

    I am a a hugh Dilla head.I didn’t get anything. And if I did the bulletin probably got flooded. Thats not the best way to contact people because if you have 350 friends on your music page you’re gonna get a billion bulletins. Plus I don’t check my daily.

  • http://www.abenghorn.net/Heat FireBrand

    I think that it’s en-vogue to be a dilla head. Many people here weren’t on Dilla like that until he passed. They didn’t know who he was. Instantly I see people I’ve never seen talk about dilla rocking I love Dilla shirts.

    That said, I’m broke as I state on my blog daily. I aint got no money to give. I give support by talking about it becuase I work that night and I’m to tired to walk my fat ass out there either (I work the overnight shift and get off mid-morning).

    Much love the the family, and I hope more people turn out year after year.

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