Stussy and Stones Throw Records takes the classic photo of legendary hip hop producer J Dilla shot by Raph Rashid on this limited edition Stussy tees released on 13 February in both black and white. The photo was taken in Dilla’s Los Angeles dining room-turned-studio back in Summer 2005 for his book Behind The Beat: Hip Hop Home Studios. Stussy produced a 3-part documentary on Dilla’s life with interviews of the people he worked with in Los Angeles. Get school on Detroit Hip Hop aite?
For those who don’t know J Dilla, James Dewitt Yancey was born on 7 February 1972. More known as both J Dilla and Jay Dee, he emerged into the underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan from the 90s. He was a member of Slum Village on their Fantastic, Vol. 2 album. He has also worked on Janet Jackson’s Grammy award-winning single ‘Got ‘Til It’s Gone’, A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Find A Way’, appeared as an uncredited instrumentalist in D’Angelo’s Voodoo album and on so many artists’ albums such as Common, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Moka Only, De La Soul, Heavy D, Mos Def, Guilty Simpson and the list goes on and on. Just as his music was getting its recognition, Dilla died in 2006 of the blood disease TTP. It was a major loss to the hip hop world. He was revolutionary and there’s only one J Dilla.
Here’s Part 1- Introductions (above) and Part 2- Detroit to Los Angeles (below).
Part 3- Donuts.
This limited edition J Dilla tees can be purchased at stonesthrow.com and Stussy stores, which you can find at Showroom in Berjaya Times Square. We checked and it’s not available yet. Let’s see if their March batch will have this.
Source Stones Throw