To celebrate the legacy of one of the most beloved producers of all time, Stussy and Stones Throw Records are coming together to release a new J Dilla tribute tee. Seems like over the past few years February has become J Dilla month (as he was born, passed away, and also released his most acclaimed Donuts album all in February) so there is no better time for a tribute tee like this...
Stussy and Stones Throw Records have partnered for Raph Rashid's classic pic of J Dilla on a limited-edition Stussy Tee. This will be released Feb. 13, 2010 in White and Black, available at stonesthrow.com and Stussy locations. The photo was taken by Raph Rashid in Dilla's L.A. dining room-turned-studio, summer 2005, for his book Behind The Beat: Hip-Hop Home Studios. This tee is officially licensed with J Dilla's heirs, who have recently announced a reorganization of the J Dilla Estate (read here).
Stones Throw will also be announcing a multi-city in-store release parties for this shirts. Stay tuned for details.
If you aren't familiar with Dilla, PLEASE do yourself a favor and invest in some of his work. Donuts, Ruff Draft, and Jay Love Japan are his most notable solo works but he also have libraries or work with the likes of Slum Village, Busta, Madlib, Common, and plenty more. Oddly enough I was listening to Dilla's Donuts on the train as I got this email about the tee, very eerie.