DC Loves Dilla is an event I've been wanting to attend for a while now - from the first time I saw someone in a 'DC Loves Dilla' t-shirt at a concert years ago, and inquired about it I knew I had to go. I had no knowledge of J Dilla until I met my ex who is a musician/ hip hop junkie and major fan of the producer (and has a super dope tattoo from the visual of one of his works to prove it). In years past, I'd always hear about the concert after it already took place - like last year for instance when De La Soul performed, (so sad I missed that) so this year I made it a point to be there. The cover band 'The Players' were awesome. They captured the essence of Dilla's beats with such style and ease that you couldn't help but to be hypnotized by them. I have to remember to look them up on Youtube. A few standout performances for me were Ra the MC, Kokayi (his "Trucks" rendition was crazy good!) and Hezekiah. However, it was the headliners Pharoahe Monch and Phife Dawg that stole the show. I wish I had more footage. I really need to start carrying my camera with me and stop relying on my phone.
Until next time!
(SIDE NOTE: Obsessed with my Africana hat from Nubian Hueman. If I could, I'd wear it everyday. )