VIDEO: Rare Form presents Donuts Are Forever 4 (NYC J Dilla Tribute)

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time other than provide y’all with treats via this blog is produce and promote events with my Rare Form crew based here in my hometown of New York City.  And our most successful event to date is our annual tribute to the late, great James “J Dilla” Yancey, entitled Donuts Are Forever.  February 6th, 2010 marked the fourth edition of the event (which took place at The Bell House in Brooklyn) and it was undoubtedly the best one yet.

We were fortunate enough to have one of our favorite people in the world (and one of Dilla’s very good friends), ?uestlove of the Legendary Roots Crew, come down and bless us with over 70 RE-MADE Dilla beats courtesy of himself and the rest of The Roots.  As he so eloquently stated that evening, “this is more like a clinic than a party.”  Other sets were provided by DJ Parler, Colorado’s own DJ Low Key, DJ Brainchild and Rare Form’s own DJ Tara.

The highlight of the night was being graced with the presence of Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, Dilla’s mom.  And by the time the night was over, we (along with support from the likes of Stones Throw, Okayplayer, Brooklyn Bodega, Decon, Frank 151, Fusicology and Ladies Love) had raised $4400 for the J Dilla Foundation (of which Ma Dukes is the CEO, chair and spokesperson).

If you couldn’t make it or want to re-live the magic of the evening, check out the video above. Super duper fat shouts to Hot Mop Films who came down and filmed from the time the doors opened ’til the last few stragglers shuffled out.


Rare Form does it again. They NEVER disappoint. LOL @ “Y’ALL GOT A BARGAIN!”

E added these pithy words on Apr 11 10 at 7:47 pm

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