Last Sunday Mochilla hosted Suite For Ma Dukes at Cal State Los Angeles, which is part of the V-tech/ Mochilla Timeless concert series. Suite for Ma Dukes was concert in tribute to the late amazing producer J Dilla.
The evening opened up with a set by DJ House Shoes playing some classic J Dilla tracks along with voice messages from Erkah Badu, ?uestlove and J Dilla. Next up was a set by J Rocc from the World Famous Beat Junkies who mixed up old and unreleased J Dilla beats and tracks.
The main event of the evening was Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and his 40-piece orchestra who did an unbelievable job of re-bringing to life the famous hiphop music that J Dilla had originally created to be heard through speakers and headphones. To add to this already wonderful sound, Bilal was brought on stage to perform “Reminisce.” For the grand finale of the evening (which you can watch below), Posdonous of De La Soul and Talib Kweli performed “Stakes Is High” to which to whole crowed responded too with an amazing energy.
An EP by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and the Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra of which we mentioned earlier (link to previous post) can be bought on iTunes features some of the tracks that were played during the evening.
The Suite For Ma Dukes event not only paid a beautiful tribute to J Dilla and his amazing work, it also opened the eyes and ears to a lot of people in showing that hiphop is a genre that can be played everywhere from car stereos, headphones in a train or bus to even concert venues with a conductors with a live orchestra.