Are Dilla’s kids really starving?

The only thing more pathetic than a rapper who can’t get any money is a rapper who can’t get any money whose kids get dragged into the matter.

A few weeks ago, I had an issue with one of the bums who did some of the production on the first Lupe Fiasco album, and one of the main sticking points was the fact that his kids were starving. He went on okayhater throwing a bitchfit about how Lupe was taking food from his kids’ mouths by not letting him get any beats on The Cool. I did a post about that, and about how he’s been going around in interviews calling Lupe Fiasco the most disloyal person he ever met in his life, and this clown had the nerve to get upset with me. He even had the nerve to try to threaten me. I responded that he was just upset that his kids are starving, and he was all like, “How dare you bring my kids into this?” As if I was the one who brought his kids into this shit in the first place!

That guy’s obviously got some issues.

J Dilla had some issues, and then he died. And apparently, he left a mountain of medical debt that’s gonna keep anyone from ever actually making any money from his back catalog, like 2Pac’s mom has done with his garbage-ass music. (Hi, haters!)

You’ll recall that a few weeks ago (notice how things always took place a few weeks ago), a lawyer named Artie Fufkin took out a full page ad in Billboard talking about people have been violating, using Dilla’s material, as well as his name and likeness, to promote various ventures that haven’t been authorized by his estate, and how this has been, in effect, taking food out of his kids’ mouths. He’s obviously yet to be convinced that J Dilla’s corpse won’t be able to pull in some money point or another.

That ad struck me as bullshit for a few reasons. First of all, who the fuck is Artie Fufkin, and who in the fuck died and left him the executor of Dilla’s estate? (Erm, never mind that last question.) Also, there was some shit in the ad pointing out how no one – and it made it a point to note that no one includes members of Dilla’s family – other than himself is allowed to sign off on business matters regarding J Dilla. I can’t remember if the ad itself actually mentioned Dilla’s mother, but I pretty much assumed that was the case. I’ve seen her do some press for some things since Dilla bought the farm, and I know she was on the intro to that Busta Rhymes and Dilla mixtape that came out a while back. Then I read, the other day, in a story by Jeff Weiss in the LA Weekly, that Artie Fufkin might have to go after Dilla’s moms for appearing on that tape. The fuck?

Something tells me that if Dilla were alive today, he’d be mad skinny he wouldn’t approve of some Jew lawyer going after his mother just for trying to get a few dollars off a motherfucking mixtape. This is, after all, the woman who moved out to California to wipe his ass while he was out there dying of whatever he was dying of – not to mention the fact that she raised his ass in the first. Presumably, in the process, she incurred a cost that far outweighs whatever measley amount she’s been able to extract from his corpse since he died. And the bottom line is that, that’s his mothers. You don’t go siccing the white man on your mother just because she cost you a few dollars. Maybe if you’re Dilla’s fellow Detroit rapper Eminem, you do. But you know how white dudes are; they get mad upset with their mothers.

So I think it’s obvious this guy Artie Fufkin is the one that’s violating. The real question is, why? When I did a post on this shit back around the time that ad was in Billboard (i.e. a few weeks ago), I figured this was probably a matter of Dilla’s baby’s mother trying to cake up off of his back catalog. She wasn’t actually mentioned in the ads, but the kids were. And you know, anytime someone shows up trying to collect money for somebody’s kids, there’s usually a stingy-ass baby’s mother waiting in the wings. Just like with Fiddy Cent’s baby’s mother. How much of that $25,000 a month she had been getting (before Fiddy sicced the junkyard dog on her) do you think was really going towards Fiddy’s son? $100? $200? There’s only so many Ninja Turtles you can buy a kid. At least Dilla’s baby’s mother, unlike Shaniqua, has done a good job of keeping a low profile, and letting Artie Fufkin do her bidding.

But that doesn’t excuse the bullshit she’s been pulling – laying guilt trips on people just for stealing the guy’s music, as if it’s really hurting him at this point; threatening the guy’s mother; let alone whatever it is she plans on doing to actually get any money out of his back catalog. Don’t let me turn on the TV one of these days and see that tranvestite Santogold dancing to a Dilla beat in a commercial for Bud Light with Lime. (If they used Kurt Cobain’s shit in a commercial for a baseball video game, who knows what Artie Fufkin’s got in mind for Dilla’s shit.) I can see her ostensible argument for making sure his kids have something to eat, but who really thinks that’s all this is about? If that’s all it was, I’m sure we could take up a collection. I might even be willing to part with a few dollars myself, provided I knew for a fact that it was going to the man’s kids, and not some skeezer he once dropped a load in and her lawyer.

  • chad bro chill

    wait j dilla died aww what the fuckkkk

    • http://www.going.com/larrybrite Larry Brite

      U StupIdA$$ MoTher Puckindope attic livin in your granny gayrage!!!!! Are U f’in SERIOUS???

      I don’t even kno dilla’s work that well – BUT, i kno he’s passed!

      My bad if u being sarcastic, BUT damn man – REALLY ——>?

    • chad bro chill

      everybody everybody i was joking chill bro chill

  • 239allday

    Chad bro chill, u are so fuckin late. Dilla died in 06 but I don’t blame you for not knowin cuase the fuck ass media wont cover that kind of artist. If his kids are starving I think thats too bad. The nigga was real underated. But I heard his younger brother carryin the torch for the nigga.

  • Pierzy

    I love J-Dilla but he could’ve lived to be 350 years old and made 10,000 albums and still wouldn’t be rich because he didn’t make that kind of music. He would never win a “ringtone award” and that gets him mad respect, not cash.

    • Phil

      You obviously have no clue as to how this business works. “he didn’t make that kind of music”…as if “this kind of music”–ringtone trash–is the ONLY TYPE MAKING MONEY. Ever heard of “licensing”? Soundtracks? Something called TELEVISION? The bias your post is disgusting. Smack yourself.

      • Pierzy

        Wow, no one can read sarcasm anymore, can they? I was being completely facetious. In all honesty, it’s a shame that the best artists don’t get the recognition and sales of others. However, are you telling me that people make the majority of their cash off soundtracks? And did J-Dilla have a #1 TV show that I missed? Also, everyone knows that the majority of money in music (at least creatively) comes from writing. And by “licensing,” I assume you’re referring to publishing. Try again, PHIL…you fuck.

        • Phil

          Now you’re just boring.

          You’d be surprised how many artists are staying afloat and have with things such as soundtrack placements. YOU think you need a “#1″ show to make cake. Adult Swim was one check. In the States. Licensing doesn’t have to anything with publishing, either. So, curse to yourself all you want. Be happy with you audience of one.

        • Pierzy

          Wow, you’re awful.

  • The Spaniard

    “…like 2Pac’s mom has done with his garbage-ass music. (Hi, haters!)”

    When exactly did truth become hate?

    I assume it was right around 1996.

    • King B

      The fuck are you talkin about??? pac wack??? lmao damn ya’ll must being born AFTER 96 to think pac was ever wack…I expected that from bol’s dumb retarded fat ass anyway

  • 239allday

    Yeah I agree The spaniard. Bol you crossed the line with that Pac remark.

    Florida Bitch, where my ZOES at?

    • B.gates

      I’m pretty sure The Spaniard is agreeing with Bol about Pac being garbage, for the most part I do too.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Benicio Del Thoro

    First off I’m from South Lansing, Michigan. We are very proud of Dilla, Slum Village, Phat Kat, Trick, Proof, D12, Esham, and all of the Detroit shit that matters.

    Its unfortunate what’s going on here. It really makes the Yancey family look like they’re out of the loop, when in all actuality some, lawyer is macaulay culkining this man’s money. Dead or alive that’s wack, and I’m sure dillas ol earth has more to worry about.

    As far as that line about Tupac’s mom puttin out music after his death. Priceless. That shit is garbage, so e-thugs, I’m inviting you. If you honestly think that shit is good music. Nah, you need to do somethin else with ur time.

    Baby mothers of the world…
    If ya man is struggling, and you leave him before he gets large, and because you have kids with him you think you’re entitled to somethin? Nah ladies. The seeds get planted only. Not you hoes. Should have stayed down.

    Detroit all the way back to Lansing Holla back!!!

    • Phil

      Total co-sign…the DAY those Makaveli tapes started dropping–1 to 21 or some craziness like that, I knew ‘Pac’s legacy was going down the drain.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Benicio Del Thoro

    First off I’m from South Lansing, Michigan. We are very proud of Dilla, Em, Slum Village, Phat Kat, Trick, Proof, D12, Esham, and all of the Detroit shit that matters.

    Its unfortunate what’s going on here. It really makes the Yancey family look like they’re out of the loop, when in all actuality some, lawyer is macaulay culkining this man’s money. Dead or alive that’s wack, and I’m sure dillas ol earth has more to worry about.

    As far as that line about Tupac’s mom puttin out music after his death. Priceless. That shit is garbage, so e-thugs, I’m inviting you. If you honestly think that shit is good music. Nah, you need to do somethin else with ur time.

    Baby mothers of the world…
    If ya man is struggling, and you leave him before he gets large, and because you have kids with him you think you’re entitled to somethin? Nah ladies. The seeds get planted only. Not you hoes. Should have stayed down.

    Detroit all the way back to Lansing Holla back!!!

    • Irish

      IS THAT U DISSIN ANOTHER WEST COAST LEGEND SOULJA BOY? Y U USIN THE NAME Benicio SOULJA BOY TELL EM? I NO THAT’S U, U 17 YEAR OLD, 9TH GRADE REPEATIN FUCK. PAC TOLD U ‘SAY MY NAME THREE TIMES LIKE CANDYMAN, BET I’LL ROLL ON THAT ASS LIKE AN AMBULANCE’. U GOTTA PRESS UR LUCK Benicio. DIDN’T UR MADRE WARN U ABOUT THE CHUPACABRA. DON’T GO 2 SLEEP TONIGHT, U MIGHT WET THE BED.

      MY ONLY FEAR OF DEATH IS REINCARNATION
      PUT UR MOUTH ON THE PISTOL CLOSE UR EYES
      BLINK DIE IN THE DARK NO MORE PAIN
      SAY THUG LIFE BBBBBBBBAAAAAABBBBBBBBYYYY!!!

  • http://www.traxnyc.com traxnyc

    maby we will never no
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  • Toothburger

    oh! is j dilla the one who did that “get silly” beat?

  • EbenGregory

    Something tells me that if Dilla were alive today, (he’d be mad skinny)…Bol killed it.

    • Phil

      Eben? What are YOU doing here? lol, it’s Phil from HP man…

  • http://www.HipHopSince1976.Com hiphopsince1976

    Hi. Hater..
    I could tell u are a corny ass dude.
    Maybe u wanted to be a rapper growing up and still do.
    To think Pac had garbage music just shows how much of a cornball u are.
    And ur blog keeps getting wacker by the minute.
    This is officially my last time reading this crap.
    In the words of Ice T..
    Eat A Dick!!!!!

  • mat hawes

    That was a great article, being from Detroit, and being a Fan of Dilla’s I have to say that he wasn’t a “commercial beat maker” and yes if you did listen to alot of his music (like I did and still do) you would know that his “Back Catalog” really isn’t worth much commercially, hell any supposed “Jew Lawyer” (nice lable bye the way Bol, racist much?)should be able to squeeze a nickle out of a penny, but in Dilla’s case I just don’t see that happening… The great thing about death is that you leave your family with a lot of debt that needs to be paid back, unfortunately in Dilla’s case its medical bills, and to be honest with you, as a FAN of his music I would rather have it out there being consumed by the masses as it plays over some dumbass Budweiser commercial and putting some loot into Dilla’s moms pocket than anyone elses…

    Now don’t get me started on some Tupac shit, that is thee BIGGEST OVERRATED ASSHOLE TO EVER GRACE THE STAGE OR MICROPHONE PERIOD END OF STORY…

    Sure “Holler if You Hear Me” is a dope song, unfortunately everything after it SUCKED DICK, the problem with people is that they made a Hero of Tupac, giving him some kind of Hip Hop God Status, and it makes me sick, let his mom rape his music like he raped that girl back in the day, hell rape it like he got raped back in prison..

  • Bitchio del taco MF

    I realy wasn’t feel’n how you disrespected Dilla’s name like that, Bol. I guess hate is the fire that fuels your imagination. Oh well…

    And…
    This Bitchio del taco Mu-fucka need to keep pacs name out his mouth for some outlawz hav you look’n through ya rear view for shooters

  • ill forever

    he dont get paid for adult swim using his music?? i couldve swornd i heard the instrumental to “nothing like this” while i was watching family guy last night..

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    i winced at a couple of those dilla jabs, but i agree with the overall point of the post; no one but his kids should be entitled to that money once the medical bills are paid off. even grams yancey should be taking care of herself — she is an adult after all. but the kids, now that is a different story. i suppose the conjecture here would be that no one knows who this artie guy is or what his m.o. is. if it’s just to cake up off a dead man’s corpse, well i think the only reasonable response is “what a fucking prick”.

  • dizzle

    If Tupac came from your area, you would sucking his dead balls right now. I’m sorry you got Nelly and BIG (a fat ugly dude like yourself) died, but you need to stop lashing out.

  • $ykotic

    I mean are u people really surprised? Come on with that.

    I say this all the time in the 503 about MAC DRE. Dudes be coming out with collabo’s like super exclusives and playing dudes cuts 4ever but is his family getting broke off?

    I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT.

    We are so engulfed in the savage pursuit of happiness. It sickens me. You never heard Lil Cease OR Lil Kim once do a “new” cut with BIG once he passed. At least Busta got Dilla’s mom on something to show love and you know Busta blessed her.

    Co-sign on the 2pac. All that “new” stuff was ABSOLUTE GARBAGE.

    STOP DISRESPECTING THE LEGACY YOU GREEDY F#$%@*$!!!!!

  • d. b. cooper

    Wait, wait, wait… J Dilla died?

  • florida_evans

    Seriously,do you think an artist hits a home run every time he/she steps to the plate?Hell no!That’s why Prince has (rumored)hundreds of unreleased songs,most of which have to be straight trash.Almost all of them have material they wouldn’t play aloud if they were stranded on Mars on April fool’s day.All those unreleased Big/Pac songs were either way unfinished or were never intended to come out.I mean can you imagine the songs most rappers today decided not to release?They must’ve tasted like Shaq’s ass(No Kobe)….

  • Maddolies

    Dillaz Not dead he lives in cuba wit Tupac

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Benicio Del Thoro

    To the guy who tried to mock the name Benicio Del Thoro, first off ill say that there are/were better rappers in California than Tupac.

    Second, as far as lookin in my rear view for shooters…Nah son, you got it twisted. That means you must do the least amount of shooting prly. You wiffle ball ass nigga!!!

    Third and final, you need to sign the get off my dick petition! One hunnid

  • stlien

    “like 2Pac’s mom has done with his garbage-ass music” damn let dat nigga rest in peace! u aint gotta love pac like most people! nigga been dead for 12 yrs. just let it go! we all know how u feel about pac. just let it go!

  • stlien

    smh at bol hating on dead people!

  • giantstepp

    Tupac is a LEGEND u fat FCUK!

  • H-LO

    I’m not sure, but Bol might refer to the Pac exploiting posthumous makaveli era mostly medicore mess that is lttering his catalogue.

    Anyway, Bol shouldn’t mention his name too often. It gets everybody distracted from the actual topic. Or he thinks his retarded readers don’t get him anyway, so that at least has some fun with them getting all amped up. Like throwing in every once in a while that The Blueprint isn’t one of the greatest evar.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Benicio Del Thoro

    Irish,

    I am not in the ninth grade nor did I fail it. I am a 24 year old soon to be college grad. You young niggas make me laugh gettin amped off of pepsi and shit. U need to take some of that bass out ur voice and do some homework.

    • Irish

      BENICIO I’M A YEAR OLDER THAN YOU HOMES AND I WORK AT A COLLEGE, SAN DIEGO STATE TO BE EXACT LIL HOMIE. SO I MAKE MONEY BEING IN A PLACE THAT U SPEND A COUPLE HOURS PAYIN TO B AT. AND I DON’T COME FROM NO SOUTH LANSING BUMFUCK NOWHERE. THE CLOSEST YOU’LL EVER GET TO SOME REAL G SHIT IS THAT CALTROIT ALBUM. SO I GUESS THAT MEANS I GOT 1 UP ON YOU ON ALL THOSE YOUNGSTER. AND OH YEAH DON’T EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER DISS PAC. WEST COAST WINS AGAIN.

  • http://www.myspace.com/GrimeyHipHop Stan

    Wow…. Bol U were SOoooooo on point wit that statement…. White dudes do be gettin Maddd upset wit their mothers!!!!

    MySpace.com/GrimeyHipHop

    Boston HipHop Anyone?
    Kobe Who?!?!? EAT A DICK!!!

  • BORN IN THE NORTH, RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    The only good 2Pac albums that came out after his passing were “The Don Killuminati” & “Still I Rise.”

    I wonder how much Bol’s mom will be able to drain from his corpse after he dies…. *LOL*

    R.I.P. Pac & J Dilla

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Benicio Del Thoro

    Detroit is way more hardbody than San Diego. Lil Homie? Your a faggot. You better make all the money you can cause your kids are starving. And who the fuck cares about San Diego State? Lameness. The only thing good to come from san diego is marshall faulk. Enough of this back and forth shit. I’m bout to blaze. How does my dick taste? Just ask ya bitch if u aint sure cocksucker..1

    • Irish

      OH NOW U FROM DETROIT HUH? U JUST SAID YOU WAS FROM SOUTH LANSING! ‘U FROM THE OUTSIDE OF DETROIT WHERE THE BITCHES MEET’ REMEMBER THAT LINE, THAT DESCRIBES U PERFECT. I CALLED U HOMES AS A JOKE FOR UR BITCHMADE BENICIO NAME, BUT NOW UR BLACK HUH? UR ALL CONFUSED. U DON’T KNOW WHERE UR FROM OR WHO U ARE! AND WHAT U MEAN BY MY KID’S ARE STARVIN? CALI GOT A LOT HIGHER COST OF LIVING THAN BACKWOODS FISHIGAN, MY KIDS EATIN FINE. ONLY MARSHALL FAULK? DID U FORGET WHERE TERRELL DAVIS AND MARCUS ALLEN CAME FROM? THEY WENT TO LINCOLN HIGH, SAME AS MITCHY SLICK FROM STRONG ARM STEADY. U MIGHT HAVE SEEN HIM A FEW MONTHS BACK ON THE XXL ARTICLE ABOUT BLOOD GANGS TAKIN OVER PLACES OUTSIDE OF CALI LIKE YOUR NOTHIN ASS TOWN. U CAN CHECK HIM ALL OVER XZIBIT’S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ALBUM. DJ QUIK WILL TELL U ABOUT MY CITY ON A COUPLE TRACKS OFF THE TRAUMA ALBUM. SOUTH EAST SAN DIEGO ALL DAY ON MINE! AND WE GOTTA A LOTTA RAPPERS WHO LEARNED THAT THE HARD WAY. SNOOP AND DPG GOT RAN OFF STAGE, WHAT U THINK GAME MEANT WHEN HE SAID ‘SPIDER LOC AND UNCLE YAYO GOT RAN THE FUCK OUTTA SAN DIEGO’ IN 240 BARS.
      IN CASE U DIDN’T KNOW SOUTH EAST SAN DIEGO IS THE BLOOD CAPITOL OF THE U.S. TOUCH UP ON YOUR GEOGRAPHY WHILE U SITTIN IN SCHOOL WHILE I’M GETTIN PAID YOUNGSTER! WE’RE IN BETWEEN L.A. AND TIJUANA, SO HOW U THINK THE DRUGS COME IN THIS COUNTRY. NEXT TIME SOMEBODY IN UR FAMILY O.D.’S U KNOW WE SUPPLIED IT. OR SOMEBODY IN FISHIGAN TALKS ABOUT SLANGIN DOPE WE SUPPLIED IT. U JUST MIDDLE MEN SONNY. STUDY UR SHIT B4 U TALK ABOUT MY CITY. WEST WEST OR NOTHIN.

  • YO

    What we all need to do is stop downloading. We all go to eat around here. J Dilla was a great producer. Artists from Flying Lotus to Madlib got mad ideas off of this cat. Pay homage to him even in the dollar’s he deserved. Peace.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Benicio Del Thoro

    Oh yeah Irish,

    You notice how people from Detroit and my neck of the woods co-sign what I’m sayin…cause its real over here. There aint no starbucks in our neighborhoods. You prly a RN from westwood and shit. Homes? Who the fuck are you now zapata? NEGRO Please! Your scary ass can’t even spell. Up ya dosage, fuck boy lmao! You stay losin.

    Pac as an actor > rapper

    • Irish

      UR NECK OF THE WOODS. SUBURBIA FOREST IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. AND WHERE THE FUCK IS WESTWOOD BITCH BOY WE DON’T GOT NO STARBUCKS IN MY NECK OF THE HOODS. BENICIO INTERNET THUG FROM SOUTH LANSING FISHIGAN.

  • j

    Wow Bol I could punch you right now. I know you read these cause your an internet gangster so listen up. Its obvious your a bastard since you were not taught to respect the dead. You can’t rap and it makes you so mad that so many people BREATHE 2pac that you have to down-play his legacy because after all, controversy sells and all you have is a little blog. Your a child. Get a fast food job. PLEASE XXL FIND A BETTER BLOGGER. I just want to read something with brains behind it not someone trying to create shock value to grab attention.