J Dilla's Legacy in Detroit's Hip-Hop Scene
Dilla left Slum Village in 2002 to embark on a solo career, and by the time of his death he'd become one of the most respected producers in hip-hop. Though he lost his battle with lupus in 2006, his legacy has lived on in the MCs he worked with, the producers he inspired, and the steady stream of his unreleased beats and tracks that continue to be unearthed.
Today DJs like House Shoes, producers like Black Milk and Waajeed, and MCs like Guilty Simpson and Elzhi (a former member of post-Dilla Slum Village who recorded the outstanding mixtape Elmatic, a full-length, Detroitcentric take on Nas' classic Illmatic) are among the artists that carry on his spirit, which is honored each February with a Dilla Day concert in Detroit.
Slum Village f/ Dwele "Tainted" (2002)
Black Milk f/ Royce Da 5'9 "Losing Out" (2008)
Black Milk f/ Royce Da 5'9 & Elzhi "Deadly Medley" (2010)
Waajeed "Beat Tape 2008: Part One" (2008)
Invincible f/ Waajeed "Detroit Summer/Emergence" (2010)
House Shoes "King James Version: Chapter 1 – Verse 1" (2009)Elzhi "It Ain't Hard to Tell" (2011)