From Detroit to Miami and Back Again: Honoring the Vision of J Dilla Through Our Commitment to the Youth

Hip Hop Educator

By Tony Muhammad

Hiphopeducator19@gmail.com

www.tonymuhammad.com

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DSCN4223 Young people practice graffiti at the J Dilla Tribute

On the weekend of February 6 – 8, the Miami Hip Hop community honored the life and music of Detroit-born James Dewitt Yancey AKA J Dilla, one of the most innovative producers of the classic “boom bap” style who has inspired an innumerable amount of underground Hip Hop producers in the past 15 years.  While the concerts which were headlined by legends such as Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Madlib, Slum Village, Camp Lo and DJ Tony Touch and long-time underground veterans such as Wrekonize of Mayday were hailed as nothing short from amazing by many who attended, without question, the most important event of them all took place on Sunday afternoon in the Miami’s Design District – the Young Artist Workshop.  At the gathering, children ages 6 – 12 were engaged in graffiti drawing…

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