‘DILLA DAY DETROIT’
J. Dilla Tribute Concert Live At The Fillmore Theater in Detroit
Friday February 7th, 2014
On Friday February 7th, 2014, Detroit will host the beginning of a worldwide celebration of the life of James ‘J Dilla’ Yancey. ‘Dilla Day Detroit 2014’ will feature live performances from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.
Grammy-Award Winner Preps New LP, “Maurice vs. Mobetta” & New Single, “Back At The Ranch” With An Assist From Jean Grae
New LP Includes Features From Talib Kweli, Prodigy, Consequence & Jean Grae
“Maurice vs. Mobetta” Will Be Released This Fall
You have heard Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown before. After all, he’s appeared on LP’s from Santigold, Ski Beatz, Prodigy, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild and countless others; but you heard his trumpet and not his voice.
Think Louis Armstrong and his trumpet uploaded for the 21st century to a Hip-Hop beat, and you begin to understand who this young genius is. Maurice is a classically-trained Jazzman mentored and supported by the iconic Wynton Marsalis and the legendary Ramsey Lewis. But “Mobetta” is also a Hip-Hop head for life, and that journey on this planet rock literally parallels the history and evolution of rap. Little wonder that Maurice not only blows the roof off God’s sky with his horn, but he also spits lyrics the way Satchmo spit his own brand of vocalese back in the day. Yup, Mobetta is a horn-playing-rhyme-spraying-dancing machine that Jazz-Hip-Hop collaborators like Donald Byrd and Gang Starr’s Guru, or Ron Carter and A Tribe Called Quest fantasized about in the early 1990s. No need to cram to make that Jazz/Hip-Hop experiment happen in these times because Maurice Brown is the living and breathing embodiment of it all, a one-stop shop destined to be this era’s Quincy Jones. And then some! Read more…
1. Now that you are working a project with former A Tribe Called Quest member, Jarobi, called EvitaN, could you explain how this collaboration came about and what should we expect from the group? Read more…
Universally regarded as one of the greatest figures in hip-hop history, New York City’s own Q-Tip becomes the newest addition to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam Recordings, announced today by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam. Details on the fourth solo album by Grammy Award®-winner Q-Tip, tentatively titled THE LAST ZULU, will be announced in the months ahead.