Video Blog: The Pharcyde J Dilla Tribute DC

by New Science on July 18, 2011

After a couple days-worth of flying to and from the Jazz Fest in Halifax, I finally landed in Washington DC for the 6th annual J Dilla Tribute. Man… I think the sun had it out for DC because the temperature was way up in the hundreds and I just needed shade and a ride to the hotel. The Dalai Lama was in town that week so that meant that every hotel in the city was booked to capacity, so we ended up staying in a fresh little spot 20 minutes outside of the city.

J Dilla Pharcyde Takeover of DC

After check-in, our first stop was the Red Bull fan Q&A, then XM Radio Pharcyde Takeover on The BackSpin program, cut over to a local radio station stop, … but not before taking a break for some Jamaican food…. (Man! I had to hit up that same spot twice), then on to Georgetown University for rehearsal with the band that would be backing our set for the show. All this for J. Dilla — and that was just Day 1.

De La Soul + J Dilla Family

The next day was soundcheck and then the show. It was so uplifting to see a full house with so many Dilla fans who came out to show their appreciation for his contribution to hip hop. The homie Trugoy from De La Soul even came out to say what’s up and it just reminded me of how much all of us from that era in hip hop are truly family. We performed “Runnin’” and “Drop” in memory of the work we did with Dilla. The show was also broadcast live online to more than 80,000 viewers that night. Wow! Dilla was special and he will be missed. So happy and honored that we were a part of J Dilla’s life story.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

cvs the abstract July 20, 2011 at 3:39 am
KB July 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm

thanks for coming out and rockin’ D.C. loves Dilla, y’all tore it up that night! The Bizzare Ride with The Pharcyde on SiriusXM airs all this weekend, check dates/times here:


SLIMKID3 July 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

It was great hangin with you in DC as well. Can’t wait to hear the radio show. Please keep in touch. I have more music coming soon too. So… You’ll have some treats KB. :)


KB July 21, 2011 at 6:35 am

no doubt, looking forward to the music. in relation to the takeover, will send you guys a copy once all the initial airings take place. you got the contact info, reach out anytime. One


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