Published on May 27th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin0
Welcome to Dillaville – J Dilla Tribute Show
Last Saturday, May 17th, a plethora of hip-hop legends descended upon the brand new 1up Colfax ( in the old Kittie’s building next to the Fillmore across from Argonaut’s) for the Welcome to Dillaville night – a tribute night to the legend of J Dilla. In attendance were local Eddie Knolls, Casual of Heiroglyphics, Bizarre Ride Live (SlimKid3 and Fatlip formerly of the Pharcyde) and Slum Village.
The brand new venue is pretty sweet, with one bar up front with all the old school video games, everything from Pac Man to Donkey Kong to every kind of Pinball you can imagine and everything in between. There’s one more bar in back near the stage, which can probably fit 75 to 100-ish people on a good night, which it certainly was. There’s also a smoking area out back if you don’t feel like dealing with everything going on out front on Colfax.
Local act Eddie Knolls kicked off the night around 10pm, followed by a set by Casual of Heiroglyphicals with DJ True Justice spinning. Next, Fatlip and SlimKid3 absolutely slaughtered every single Pharcyde hit you could have wanted to hear – Ya Mama, Pack the Pipe, Otha Fish, Passing Me By, Runnin, and even a very special J Dilla remix of She Said, honoring the late producer.
Finally, Slum Village took the stage, and although only one member was original, it was as if T3 never left the stage. They went through their best hits – Selfish, I Don’t Know, Players, Look of Love, and Forth & Back. At the very end, they stopped a little short and brought out a super old MPC, explaining that this used to belong to J Dilla himself. A slide show was played along with a few original audio recordings of Dilla’s voice and some original, super dusty sounding beats that sounded like they were recorded in a basement in the 80’s – no doubt everyone in the crowd had goosebumps. Easily one of the coolest and most unique moments I’ve ever experienced at a hip hop show.