Today marks the sixth anniversary of J Dilla’s death, one of hip-hop’s most beloved and admired producers. To celebrate his life, the J Dilla Foundation and Yancey Music group are putting on Dilla Day in Detroit today, featuring live performances by Phife of a Tribe Called Quest, Jay Electronica and Danny Brown among others (although headliner Busta Rhymes unfortunately had to cancel). The event is far from the first tribute the late artist has received. Since his untimely passing, there has been a consistent stream of DJ mixes, remixes and a surprisingly deep catalog of Dilla-related artwork. Last year, in fact, Yancey’s mother and the J Dilla foundation hosted the International J Dilla Tribute Art Contest, drawing submission from over 140 artists around the world, some splendidly crafted, while others ended up being just plain weird. From great to goofy, we curated the most notable in Dilla tribute art from around the interwebs.
Additional reporting by Lauren Thompson