The sixth annual ‘Donuts Are Forever’ celebration for the late Jay Dee/J Dilla is going down on Sunday, February 19, 2012. ‘Donuts Are Forever 6’ is taking place in New York City at Brooklyn Bowl, with doors opening at 6pm and the show set to start at 8pm and tickets ranging from $5 to $10.
James “J Dilla/Jay Dee” Yancey passed away from complications of lupus on February 10, 2006 and the first ‘Donuts Are Forever’ party was held a year later. “We never went into this planning for it to be an annual series,” Derreck “Dee Phunk“ Johnson, a partner in Rare Form, the event’s organizer. “The original DAF in 2007 was a commemoration of the first anniversary of his passing. But when we witnessed the turnout, we were dumbfounded. We were fans and we knew there were a ton of other fans out there…but just seeing the physical manifestation of that love blew us away. And five years later…here we are on number six.”
Donuts Are Forever 6 will be hosted by Hip-Hop group Tanya Morgan, and feature Dilla’s music being spun by an assortment of DJ’s including Parler, Brina Payne, Ill Digitz and Getlive! Special guests include DJ Neil Armstrong and legendary Hip-Hop producer Prince Paul. Add the yearly attendees and curious newcomers to the mix and it should be great event that bigs up a Hip-Hop legend who didn’t get his just due until he was gone.
“[Dilla] was taken from us way too soon,” says Dee Phunk. “Dilla hadn’t even reached his peak yet. He was destined for greatness. Yet he left a staggering amount of music behind for us to absorb. We feel Donuts Are Forever is a great way to keep his legacy and music alive. If just one person who is unfamiliar with his work walks into the party and leaves wanting to educate themselves further, then we’ve done our job. Plus just hearing that body of work in a large venue with professional sound and other like-minded individuals around the share it with…it’s just a surreal experience.”
Proceeds from ‘Donuts Are Forever 6’ go to benefit the Donuts Are Forever Scholarship Fund.