Of all the things happening this Saturday, Oct. 24 on Dilla Day in Atlanta including a performance by the deceased hip-hop producer's brother Illa J that night; a Lupus Walk that morning to support further research into the disease Dilla battled in life; and Dilla's Dream Camp from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., which will offer MPC production lessons to participants 16-and-under the most significant event could be the one that takes place at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Bench (602A Marietta St. 404-512-7671).
That's when Amond Jackson (co-host, 89.3's "Beatz & Lyrics Show" w/Jayforce) and taj anwar (hip-hop activist) will hold a name blessing ceremony for their months-old baby boy, Dilla Premier Wonder Jackson.
Named for his parents' most beloved hip-hop producers (J Dilla, DJ Premier, 9th Wonder), their son has already graced the cover of Creative Loafing (his dad's holding him up on the Aug. 8 issue) and made a feature appearance in Stahhr's recent "Still Dope" video.
Not even a year yet, and already the kid's doin' it big.
UPDATE: Before posting, I emailed taj anwar to get the story behind her son Dilla's name. Here it is, in her words:
I chose to name my son Dilla because of my love and respect for JDilla as a person. If my marriage to Amond was a movie- then JDilla's music is the soundtrack. Our son is a symbol of that.
I met JDilla in 2004. I was a really big fan so when I had the opportunity to meet him- I was amped to say the least. I was introduced to him, and our first conversation went like this-
"Do you rap?" [Dilla asked]
"Do you sing?"
"What do you do?"
"I'm a teacher."
"That's what's up. I want to teach through my music."
I think that's why he spoke with me. I didn't want to dickride or talk about myself. I really just let him talk. The conversation made me respect him more as person.
We spoke briefly about a music summer camp idea he had that would expose children to hip hop.
This is an idea he also shared with his mother MaDukes and Uncle Herm- that's why we thought we would keep that flame alive... Bringing hip hop culture to the youth.
Besides J Dilla, DJ Premier and 9th Wonder being her favorite producers, anwar is also a fan of producers Havoc (Mobb Deep), RZA, Alchemist and Pete Rock. "But those don't make good baby names," she relayed via text. "LOL."
(Illustration courtesy Goldi Gold)
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