On Feb. 10, 2006, the music community lost producer James "J Dilla" Yancey. The Detroit native was known as the pulse of Slum Village, and for his boardwork for the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Roots, The Pharcyde, Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson. In the years since his passing, an annual tribute known as D.C. Loves Dilla has been held in honor of his life and music. Tomorrow, the historic Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW) will host the 8th installment.
Every year, artists who have collaborated with J Dilla in the past convene for performances commemorating his work and status as one of hip-hop's most respected producers. De La, Black Thought and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson will perform and Grap Luva will play host for the evening. Additional performers include Oddissee, Awthentik, Wes Felton and X.O. to name a few, and DJ Mick Boogie will make a special appearance.
The event begins at 9 p.m. and doors open at 8; tickets are currently $30 and will be $35 the day of. If you're a music head, you'll struggle to live with yourself if you aren't in attendance. Be present.