ATCQ – Movement 4

March 1st to 3rd Harlem Stage presented A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies – A Movement in Four Parts. This four part series featured performances, dance events and a free humanities event headlined by a panel of hip-hop scholars, journalists and artists.

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Sat, March 3

Movement 4 – Beats, Rhymes and Beyond: The J. Dilla Ensemble

A Tribe Called Quest revolutionized hip-hop production and paved the way for a new generation of producers, one of whom was James Dewitt Yancey, better known as J. Dilla.  Dilla’s innovative studio technique put him among most influential producers of all time, with credits that include tracks on ATCQ’s Beats, Rhymes and Life and The Love Movement, compositions for Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, Common, the Pharcyde, De La Soul, as well as his own group Slum Village and countless others.  Dilla created groundbreaking music that drew inspiration from jazz, rock, soul and everything between, before passing away in 2006. Berklee College of Music’s acclaimed J. Dilla Ensemble pays tribute to his musical legacy. Best mid-term exam ever!

Part of Harlem Stage’s Uptown Nights series; presented in collaboration with Revive Music Group.

Photo credit: D. Bell/Uptownflavor