Last night, the Howard Theatre was filled with several people from all walks of life to celebrate the life of beloved producer, J. Dilla. The event was DC Loves Dilla, and it was it’s tenth year being held. Every year, a plethora of artists would make an appearance to honor Dilla through classic tracks produced by the Detroit producer, ranging from artists within the DMV area to hip hop legends such as Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, and many more.
This year, Chicago’s legendary rapper, as well as J. Dilla’s former , Common headlined the show along with Slum Village and singer Georgia Anne Muldrow. What made their performances unique during DC Loves Dilla was the addition of The Players, the show’s house band that performs along with every artist there. The Players also had a number of singers that lit up the stage as well.
DC Loves Dilla has always acquired a more mature audience in the DC area, however, it still continues to be a prominent event in DC. Last year, the event made national news after an announcement was made that J Dilla’s production equipment would be placed in an exhibit at Smithsonian’s African American History Museum. With 10 years of success and running, it looks like, DC Loves Dilla will remain one of DC’s special shows. Check out some of the photos below.