If you know me, then you know how I feel about A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla. So imagine the immense joy I felt when I found out that Phife Dawg would be releasing a track titled #dearDilla from his forthcoming album “MUTTYMorphosis.” Yesterday, Okayplayer debuted the 5-foot assassin’s tribute to his long time friend and collaborator J Dilla, who passed away in 2006. Per the official press release, “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.”
Listen to the track here:
This is an absolutely beautiful track. You can hear the sincerity in Phife’s voice, and the samples of Dilla’s voice over the “Hold Tight” track sprinkled with bits of other SV tracks is reminiscent of my days walking around Wayne State University’s campus with my walkman, bangin’ Fantastic Vol #2. Of all the Dilla tributes I’ve heard, this one truly brings tears to my eyes.
If you’re in ATL or The D, try to hit up the Dilla Day events for the video premieres. I will post the dates for upcoming Dilla Day events around the country.
Much respect to Phife Dawg and DJ Rasta Root for this one.