September 25 2010
If you consider yourself a true hip hop fan, it is must that you know the works of the legendary producer J Dilla, who unfortunately passed away a few years ago due to complications of Lupus. You could call him the Quincy Jones of hip hop. His musical impact extends beyond hip hop to electronic and even indie rock music.
According to NPR.org, he was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists. J Dilla changed hip-hop culture and the music industry as we know it. His creativity has molded and contributed to the sounds of recording artists such as De La Soul, Slum Village, Phat Kat, Common, The Pharcyde, Busta Rymes, Erykah Badu, and many more.
Shortly after his passing, the J Dilla Foundation was formed by Dilla's mother Maureen Yancey. The foundation is a non-profit that aims to help fund inner-city music programs and provide scholarships for students to pursue their musical career.
To honor his memory the foundation is hosting an official J Dilla Tribute Art Contest called "So Far To Go".
Artists can submit their original artwork inspired by J Dilla. The top voted contestant's artwork will be produced as a poster and limited edition Giglee print series signed by the artist and J Dilla's mother, Ma Dukes. Proceeds will be donated to the J Dilla Foundation.
So calling all Milwaukee artists, I would love to see some of you entered this amazing contest. If you do, please let me know, and we would love to feature your work on the website.
If you are not an artist, you can still participate by voting on the submitted artwork.