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February 19, 2009

Obey x J Dilla Print / "A Suite for Ma Dukes" Video

Obey x J Dilla Print

obey-jdilla-front Obey x J Dilla Print


Obey has printed up very Limited run of J Dilla "Poster/Prints" to keep the memory of this universally loved and cherished producer alive as well as help w/ the relief of his mother “Ma Dukes” whom was challenged not only by her sons vast medical bills but now her own. 50 prints will be released at a charity event on February 22nd in Los Angeles. The prints will go for 55 USD. From what I have read only 400 are availible (PERIOD) I am hoping that w/ time they will be Re-pressed and not as bootleg prints but as another Official Run to help out Ma Dukes.


It makes me think of all the people who have no ties to anyone of fame or do not have any sort of media outlet and suffer w/ no relief at all. So many people find out they have something wrong with them every minute, but what scares me is the people who have no idea what is laying idle in they're body. Personally I haven't been to the Doctors to have my self checked out/over since I was in my teens. Not the smartest move on my part but unfortunately Being A Recording Artist doesnt come with Health Benefits.

If you are in a situation that you can have yourself checked out, I would highly recommend doing so, cus you never know.

I wish all my readers nothing but the best of days and the healthiest of lives.





J Dilla was a great music producer who died of lupus. Now his mom has lupus and needs help with her medical bills. This collaborative poster with B+ will benefit Dilla’s mom “Ma Dukes”. There is a benefit concert as well. Info below. Please support “Ma Dukes”.


Edition of 400, 18 x 24, $55

50 prints will be sold at the Benefit Event on Sunday Feb 22.

Carlos Niño + Miguel Atwood-Ferguson w/40-Piece Orchestra • DJ Sets by:
House Shoes + J.ROCC | Very Special Guests TBA
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 in Los Angeles
Tickets Available via TICKETMASTER and The Luckman Arts Complex Box Office +1 323 343 6600

Dilla:A Personal Appreciation

The photo used in the making of this poster was made in 2003 in Detroit at Dilla’s home/studio. I had been commissioned by Stonesthrow to photograph him for the Jaylib record. Coleman and myself were chuffed to tell him about how much love there was for him in the city of Angels. We had met Dilla several times before and he always had the same humble slightly withdrawn demeanor. He wasn’t entirely happy to have his photograph taken but it was understandable as the illness was beginning to wreak havoc on his body. Dilla meant so much to anyone who watched hiphop slowly decline as the 90s wore on. He stood for soul and jazz and musicianship in the music. His beats saved many lives, inspired many and he carried a heavy weight into the early millennium. He continued to elevate the music when many fell to the demands of a mainstream only interested in excess, hyper-commodification and violence.
In 2005 Coleman, Madlib, Dilla and myself went to Brasil. It was a remarkable journey considering how sick Dilla was. He needed to go there we thought, he was the first to sample Brasilian music.
All through his illness Dilla leaned heavily on his mother Maureen Yancey (fondly known to him as Ma Dukes). She was his 24hour nurse, she patiently sat as he programmed beats. She even pushed his wheelchair on a European tour at the end of 05. Her complete commitment to him was inspiring. She too suffers from Lupus, the illness that took him. Early in 09 we received word that Ma Dukes illness had gotten worse. She was struggling away in Detroit and had hit some financial difficulties. I reached out to Shep through Ernesto to see if he would be interested in doing something for her. As always Shepherd got on it with the quickness. The proceeds from this sale will go to her. What you see here is a unique and great collaboration for someone who has brought much joy and love into many lives. Long live Dilla. Ma Dukes we love you.

-Brian Cross (B+)

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known as J Dilla or Jay Dee, was one of the primary forces behind the revered underground hip-hop movement that emerged in the mid-1990s and continues to have far-reaching impact today. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dilla was often called “your favorite producer’s favorite producer.” Though he maintained a virtually anonymous profile, his reputation followed him through both the subterranean circles of hip-hop, as well as the mainstream. Producing some of modern hip-hop’s crowning anthems–including Common’s “The Light,” De La Soul’s “Stakes is High,” and the Pharcyde’s “Runnin’”—he also worked with R&B luminaries Janet Jackson and Macy Gray. With his premature death at the age of thirty-two, his musical legacy has garnered him prominence as one of hip-hop’s most gifted scions.
More than a beat-maker, Dilla was a “composer” in the modern-day sense of the term’s progression. From his beginnings with production team the Ummah (with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest) to his step into the foreground as an emcee with Slum Village, Dilla perfected a style characterized by his steady wobble, which remains unfailingly artful and rich in detail.
Entering the millennium as a core member of the vanguard musical collective Soulquarians with James Poyser and the Roots’ Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Dilla co-created some of the decade’s most significant hip-hop and soul releases: Common’s Like Water for Chocolate, D’Angelo’s Voodoo, Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun and Talib Kweli’s Quality. Meanwhile, a serendipitous collaboration arose between Dilla and prolific L.A. producer/emcee Madlib in the early 2000s. Between L.A. and Detroit, the duo released Champion Sound as “Jaylib” in 2003. Dilla subsequently moved to L.A.
Around this time, Dilla was diagnosed with lupus. Despite his failing health and having to perform in a wheelchair, he was still able to tour in Europe during late 2005. With his musical spirit still intact, Dilla managed to complete his last album Donuts, while he was hospitalized. It was commercially released on his thirty-second birthday—he passed away three days later from cardiac arrest.

B+ (aka Brian Cross)
B+ was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland. He graduated the National College of Art and Design in 1989 with a degree in painting. He came to the US in 1990 and received an MFA in photography at CalArts. While at CalArts he began work on “Its Not About A Salary: Rap, Race and Reality in Los Angeles.” which was published by Verso Books in 1993. Subsequently Cross has done extensive work in the music industry photographing over one hundred album covers and directing several music videos. He has photo-edited for Rappages (1993-1997) and Wax Poetics (2004 - present). His production company Mochilla (with partner Eric Coleman) has done many ad campaigns and produced four documentaries. Keepintime: A Live Recording (2003) directed by Cross was bought by the Sundance Channel. Brasilintime: Batucada com Discos (2007) his most recent feature has premiered at CineSESC in Sao Paulo, Brasil and at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. Cross continues to live and work in Los Angeles. Ghost Notes a retrospective look at his work will be published in 2009.


Carlos Niño + Miguel Atwood-Ferguson w/40-Piece Orchestra • DJ Sets by:
House Shoes + J.ROCC | Very Special Guests TBA
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 in Los Angeles
Tickets Available via TICKETMASTER and The Luckman Arts Complex Box Office +1 323 343 6600