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Live recording from the J Dilla Tribute Mos Def organized in Ann Arbor several days ago. Props to Okayplayer High Voltage for originating this recording.


Set List:
1. Black Radio
2. Fantastic
3. The $
4. Interlude
5. E=MC2
6. Jam
7. Ms. Fat Booty
8. THe Look of Love
9. Players
10. Bass Solo
11. Jam
12. Interlude
13. Paint The World
14. Interlude
15. Stakes Is High
16. Fall In Love

Here is an excerpt and link to an article written in the Detroit News:

The spirit of J Dilla was felt throughout Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium on Monday night, as rapper-actor Mos Def and his Big Band performed a tribute to the late Detroit producer, who died in February 2006 of complications from lupus.

During a loose 90-minute set that felt more like a jam session than a proper concert, Mos Def and his six-piece band — which included a drummer, keyboardist, bass player, trombonist, trumpet player and a multi-instrumentalist — didn’t so much remake Dilla’s songs as bring to life the feel of his compositions.

Mos Def took the stage with a bandana covering his face and a New York Yankees cap, and throughout the show he gave props to Detroit. (Close enough.) As he took the stage, Mos formed devil’s horns with his hand — the international symbol for “rock” — but instead of rocking put on a thoughtful, lively tribute to his friend James Yancey, one of the founding members of Detroit hip-hop troupe Slum Village.

Mos was clearly having fun, grooving along with his band and often grinning from ear to ear.


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