This morning was wonderful. First, because it's FRIDAY. Second (and maybe Third), because I had separate conversations with two of my colleagues regarding music. One conversation was a branch off the first conversation regarding who controls Guru's catalog and how similar things happened with groups like De La Soul.
This post is more about the first conversation. It began with all of these releases of JDilla material. The conversation rolled around to how I went to school with Madlib and finally to the article that was posted regarding Dilla's catalog getting exploited. You can read that article here.
Our conversation felt natural, productive, going well. He asked me a question that, may have thrown me off my axis. He asked, "Have you made a Dilla Tribute..." Before he was able to even finish his sentence, I interrupted, "NOPE.."
He paused, tilted his head a bit with a slight smirk. He was obviously surprised. Mind you, I probably talk to him the most about topics of music, especially of Dilla. He'll ask me if I copped the Dillatronic or remind me of new Dilla releases. I love that.
I was taken aback by his question not because he asked, but because I am surprised he was one of the first to ask. To know me, is to know that I am a huge fan and am extremely influenced and passionate about his music.
So, why no Dilla Tribute? Sadly, this post is longer than my answer. It is simple and short, but to me it's powerful: I don't feel I would have the ability to ever do his music justice. If I did ever attempt to, I would never be "finished". I would be too critical of myself and my arrangement and composition.
There you have it.
Dilla month is coming to a close now. It's been 10 years since he's left this world. His music is alive in our community and is continually celebrated. Rest in Peace James Dewitt Yancey.