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Jan 23

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Phife from A Tribe Called Quest pens a musical letter to Dilla:

“Before J Dilla passed, he and I were playing phone tag, I didn’t even know he was that sick until it was too late,” Phife said. “We didn’t realize we were both going through a lot with our health and never got to sit and talk about it together.”

I felt like this song is that conversation. “I’ve been wanting to record a dedication to J Dilla for the longest, it just seemed to finally be the right time to do it,” said Phife from his home in Oakland, CA. “It was very therapeutic for me to do this. There are a lot of people dealing with renal failure and I wanted to make this a conduit, a way for people to put their health issues out there.”

#dearDilla combines the drum loop that Dilla used for Slum Village’s “Hold Tight” layered with Dilla’s distinct ad-libs sprinkled through out the track. Rasta Root enlisted the help of the DMV’s own V.Rich for the beautiful keys that make up the song’s hypnotic melody and a warm bassline by Atl’s own “DETOXXX”.

“The song organically came together piece by piece. Originally I looped it up to just have a new way of mixing in that song. Then it snowballed in to what you hear today. I wanted fans of Dilla and Phife to feel right at home with this track. I am very proud of Phife for opening up like this and giving the world this musical gem.” said Rasta Root from his Atlanta home studio.

#dearDilla also has an amazing visual directed by Chicago’s own Konee Rok. They shot the video over three days in Chicago and Detroit. ‘This is the most heartfelt project I’ve ever been blessed to be a part of.’ said Konee. ‘and represents the return of honest Hip Hop.’ Of the song, Konee also adds, ‘This is not just another rap song, but meaningful music. Art. If this was my last video, I would die happy.’

The visual for #deardilla will have a premier in Atlanta on Feb. 6th at the Midtown Art Cinema (7:30-9:30pm) with a Q & A. Then also premiere at Dilla Day in Detroit on Feb. 7th.

via Okayplayer

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Jul 11

Michael Rappaport’s documentary on A Tribe Called Quest opens this weekend.  Click image above for full schedule.  The official Bay Area screening party will be hosted by PST.  DJ Platurn of the Oakland Faders makes his return to PST.  Resident DJ Sake One (Local 1200) joins in the fun, along with the Concierge Crew of Fran Boogie & Terril Jamon Douglas.

RSVP and arrive early for special gifts from Sony Classics, including “Beats, Rhymes & Life,” movie memorabilia, mixtapes and more. $4 Stoli cocktails from 9-11pm.

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Mar 15

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(sorry, i can’t figure out how to embed vid from mtv)

I’m anxious to see this documentary, but I’m bummed that it’s going down this foul road. I guess ‘Tip will be adding “movie producers” to his 4080 rule.

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Dec 02

Actor Michael Rapaport has been working on a documentary about legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest for years — and now a new trailer offers a tantalizing look at what’s in store. The film, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest , features extensive interviews with members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi, and details the quartet’s pioneering career during the 1990s, the issues that initially split them up (and flared up again during a recent reunion tour) and Phife’s ongoing diabetes-related health problems.

(The group’s fractious relations are referenced in an apparently joking title shown at the end of the trailer: Beats, Rhymes & Fights.)

The doc features appearances from Kanye West, Nas, Mos Def, the Roots and many others who testify to the group’s resounding influence, which includes humorous lyrics, previously unplumbed jazz samples, a mellow swagger and, as the Roots’ ?uestlove puts it, the fact that the group “managed to rewrite the song structure for hip-hop.”

The film is scheduled for release next year.

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Jun 17


2010 Rock the Bells Festival Series

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Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Slick Rick, Rakim, KRS-One, Street Sweeper Social Club, Murs & 9th Wonder, Wiz Khalifa, Clipse, Immortal Technique, Brother Ali, Jedi Mind Tricks, Supernatural, DJ Muggs with Ill Bill, Big Sean, Yelawolf, DJ Rocky Rock
Plus very special guest Ms. Lauryn Hill

Pre-Sale Thursday June 17

Presale password for SF is: tickets

LA & NY are already on sale, I’m sure if you google around you can find the DC presale pw.  Everyone’s got slightly different line ups, but the main players stay the same.

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