IAmYourVillain Hosts J. Dilla Film Tribute Screening at the Standard, April 14
Miami events devoted to quality hip-hop may take a little digging to find, but they're there. If you've found them, you're probably already familiar with the circuit of weeklies and one-offs put on by IAmYourVillain. If not, get schooled on Wednesday, April 14 at the Standard, when the loungey-cool hotel's bar hosts a screening of one of the best installments of L.A. production house Mochilla's Timeless DVD series . Timeless documents a series of concerts the Mochilla team put on in its hometown last year, with a classical-style orchestra performing a suite dedicated to a hip-hop legend.
At the April 14 event, you can catch the filmed version of the second concert, Suite For Ma Dukes , dedicated to the late, great J. Dilla, whose posthumous profile is, bittersweetly, eclipsing that of his lifetime. Composed by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, the performance features a 60-piece orchestra performing a goosebump-raising jazz/soul/hip-hop hybrid, full of moody strings that Dilla himself would have likely sampled. Guest vocalists read like a who's-who of Dilla collaborators: Bilal, Dwele, De La Soul's Posdnuous, Talib Kweli, and more. Hear and see it all large-scale at the Standard; this is music that needs to be experienced from a P.A., not your tinny laptop speakers. Promoters promise giveaways and other fun stuff, too
Timeless series Suite For Ma Dukes screening. 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. The Standard, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com
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