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James Dewitt Yancey has garnered all the posthumous acclaim you’d expect for a hip-hop visionary underappreciated outside of his circles. Whether it be for his impeccable choice of samples through a multitude of different styles, his uncanny knack of blowing your mind with his musicianship or his humility in a sea of egos and gold chains, he is revered as a legend beyond the realms of hip-hop music, and rightfully so.

DROM got lit up Friday night with point on performances by the likes of Illa J (who also took a stab at the piano for his set), T3 of Slum Village, and Q-Tip who was later joined by fellow Tribe member Jarobi for a few classics including “Award Tour,” which closed out the night. In between sets DJ Metaphysic and Mick Boogie held down the Dilla duty, parsing through Jay’s tracks to the delight of the audience. Overall the night was made special by the love put into it by all of the performers, as well as Ma Dukes and Joylette Hunter, head of the J Dilla Foundation and Dilla’s former fiancé.

Dilla influenced my sound in a lot of different ways. Working with him – his fluid approach to music is the way that I approach mine, in the way that he made his music and blended all different styles to make the music he was hearing. Dilla just put it in the air that you didn’t have to be a skilled musician to play the instruments and get the sound that you want out of it. He was a fucking genius. I miss him a lot. –Bilal Oliver

Among the myriad of Dilla tribute shows happening in the next week or so, “One Won’t Do Pt. 2,” a collaborative effort by The J. Dilla Foundation, ThisIsRealMusic.com and The Smooth Operators Movement, stands out as one of the most exciting. Building on the success of last year’s event, the team got together to make it even more exciting this year by bringing you performances by Dilla’s brother Illa J, along with T3 from Slum Village and Q-Tip.