Hip-hop artists to honor Detroit rapper J. Dilla with SF show to benefit nonprofit

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Talib Kweli, Imani from The Pharcyde and other artists will perform a memorial show in honor of the late Detroit rapper J. Dilla in February, with some of the proceeds going to the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation which is dedicated to Arts & Music Education.

Dilla Fest will take place on Feb. 3 at The Midway SF with a lineup that also includes Fatlip and Slimkid3 (performing with Imani), the Bay Area’s Kev Choice in a trio alongside Talib Kweli, as well as DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Shortkut, Frank n Dank, Illa J and Nina Sol.

J. Dilla, born James Dewitt Yancey, passed away from a heart attack on Feb. 10, 2006. He was 32. He came up in the ’90s Detroit underground hip-hop scene as a member of the group Slum Village, and was later a member of the collective  Soulquarians, an influential musical collective active during the late ’90s and
early 2000s. He was hugely influential and produced the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Common and The Pharcyde.

Tickets range from $25 to $85 and are available now, with $1 from each sale benefiting the nonprofit.