Friday, February 7th was Dilla Day –the birthday of James Dewitt Yancey. Today, Friday February 10th, we remember J Dilla‘s passing in 2006, just a few days after his 32nd birthday. There’s no better way to remember Dilla than with BEATS, so as we keep in mind the life and immeasurable body of work put forth by that percussive patriarch, here’s a good ole round-up of the best tributes to hit the inter-waves in commemoration of that man’s legacy over the years. A few we’ve had a hand in, a few are from friends and collaborators and a few are far from far-flung corners of the globe; we’ve got nods from the states, the UK and even Italy, begging the question; is there a corner of this world that hasn’t been penetrated by the deep swinging soul of James Yancey? We think not. Click through as we bring you the cream of the commemorative crop with the best tribute mixes from Questlove, House Shoes, J Rocc, DJ Soul, Benji B, Ally Al, Mister Cee & more in this week’s Jay Dee edition of Mixtape Monday–there should be enough uncut donuts in here to keep you powdered up right up until the 16th, when DJ Jazzy Jeff steps up to the decks at DAF8. But if not, we’ve got some more heavy Dilla tributes coming in the next day or two.
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