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Sunday, 2/26 -> The 11th Annual Solution J Dilla Celebration in conjunction w/FASOR Lab featuring the legendary DJ Revolution, DJ Low Key, CRL CRRLL, Lazy Eyez & Neon Brown! Photos by IG: @Armando_Geneyro, complimentary donuts & more surprises early at The Meadowlark!!!

#TheSolution7…7 events to celebrate 7 years of The Solution bringing Denver the best in hip hop & more…

Denver’s premier hip hop blog, Hip Hop Roll Call has the scoop on the entire month’s events for #TheSolution7, check it out HERE…

Producers, beatmakers, musicians & such, if you’d like to enter The 2014 Solution Beat Battle, here’s what you need to do by midnight on Sunday, 2/23.  Please send either:

-A soundcloud link to 3+ of your beats
or
-An e-mail with 3 beats attached
or
-A streaming link to a project you produced

and

-a photo of yourself (to be posted when the competitors are announced)

and

-a short bio

to:

thesolutionbeatbattle <at> denversolution (dot) com

No application fee necessary.  Once again, the submission deadline is Sunday, 2/23 at midnight.  Participants will be announced on Monday, 2/24.

Friday, 12/6 -> Super rare Akomplice Sample Sale at The Solution w/DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez at the Meadowlark! One of a kind items, deep sales & more on Akomplice Clothing, starting at 9pm!!!

FRIDAY, 12/6 -> We’re super excited to be teaming up with our good friends over at Akomplice Clothing for a very rare sample sale, featuring one of a kind items, rarities and a whole lot more at a deep discount at The Solution w/DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez.  It’s a great chance to get presents for everyone on your Christmas list, get yourself ready for Winter or just make sure you have some fresh gear that no one else has; all while supporting a Colorado-based company that’s been active in the hip hop scene for years.  Award-winning DJs and Solution residents DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez will be on the turntables all night, party photographer Knower Of The Ledge will be snapping flicks of the party for our Instagram (@DenverSolution) and Facebook pages and a good time will be had by all at “Denver’s best hip hop party” (c) Dear Denver. 2701 Larimer St / 9pm / 21+ / No cover until 11, only $5 after.

P.S.  Also, make sure you check out the new Akomplice x Joey Bada$$ X J Dilla boxed set.  It’s super fresh boxed set featuring a 45 of “Two Lips”, an unreleased Dilla instrumental on one side and a Joey Bada$$ vocal version on the other, super fresh Akomplice J Dilla tee or crewneck and edition of the Akomplice Times featuring an interview with Ma Dukes, with all 100% of the proceeds from the boxed sets going to buy instruments and music lessons for low income youth. (random fact: all the Dilla records in the picture above are from Solution co-founder DJ Low Key’s collection)

P.P.S.  This is the second of a series of Solution events featuring Denver-based businesses for the holidays, stay tuned for more good stuff as we make your holiday shopping easier while keeping the money in the local community!!!

Wednesday, 2/22 -> Red Bull Music Academy presents The Solution’s 6th Annual J Dilla Celebration at Beta Nightclub w/DJ Spinna, Waajeed, Phat Kat, members of Big Wheel, DJ Low Key, Sounds Supreme, Lazy Eyez & more…

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WEDNESDAY, 2/22 -> We’ve been working on this for a while now and we’re jumping up and down with excitement to announce all the details of The Solution’s 6th annual celebration of the life and music of James Yancey aka J Dilla aka Jay Dee aka one of the greatest hip hop producers of all-time (if not the greatest).  We’ve teamed up with the infamous Red Bull Music Academy and Beta Nightclub (1909 Blake St) to bring out some top notch heavy hitters to celebrate in grand fashion, check out the lineup:

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New York’s DJ Spinna is legendary producer/DJ who’s worked with everyone from Eminem to Mos Def to his group The Jigmastas, was tapped to remix songs by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige, George Michael, De La Soul, Das EFX & MC Eiht before making himself into a force to be reckoned with on the house music scene (his Shawn Escoffery’s “Days Like This” remix is a house classic).  Listen to his J Dilla tribute above, download the ridiculous “Dillagence” version with Phonte here (which you might have heard at The Solution before) and check out The Recall, his self-made best of production mixtape, here.

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Detroit’s Waajeed was a frequent Dilla collaborator, is one half of PPP/Platinum Pied Pipers and the founder of Bling47.com (if you’re a Dilla fan, you really need to check the site ASAP), a some time Slum Village DJ and producer, executive producer behind Dwele’s debut Rize, and has worked with everyone from Roy Ayers to Onra to Jazmine Sullivan.  Check out these fresh Waajeed mixtapes from the homies DJ Mensa & DJ Topspin to get a little more familiar with his work.

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Phat Kat aka Ronnie Cash aka @RonnieEuro aka 1/2 of First Down (J Dilla was the other half) is a Detroit legend, having put out records with Jay Dee before Slum Village, being featured on Fantastic Volume 1 and Welcome to Detroit, having some of Dilla fans favorite joints like “Nobody Care About Us”, “Cold Steel” (w/Elzhi, the video above) & “Game Over” and being known as one of the fiercest rappers to come from the D.

Two of our favorite musicians in town, Dameion Hines & Q-Knox of Big Wheel, will be backing Phat Kat and providing their own homage to the music of Dilla.

DJ Low Key (DAF4), Sounds Supreme & Lazy Eyez aka The Solution DJs will get the night started and hold down things like we’ve done every year since our first Dilla tribute in February 2007 (our first Dilla tribute was actually the third Solution ever).

Beta’s insanely sophisticated Funktion One sound system is going to be as important to the night as anything.  We’ll be blasting Dilla’s music on one of the best sound systems in the entire world, don’t miss an unprecedented chance to hear it sounding better than ever before.

18+ /// Doors at 9 /// $10 cover with half going to music-related charities /// BetaNightclub.com for more on the club and pre-sale tickets /// #TheSolution5 /// Special shouts to Detour on the flyer design, all the heads who’ve come out to any of our Dilla celebrations, Stones Throw for help with past events, our previous Dilla celebration guests Slum Village and Tanya Morgan and Red Bull Music Academy for helping make it happen this time around (check out the video below if you’re not familiar).

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*Before we get started on 2/22, producers, musicians, singers, songwriters, engineers, DJs, instrumentalists, arrangers, sound experimentalists, etc are invited to come check out the Red Bull Music Academy Lecture Series w/DJ Spinna, Waajeed & Phat Kat earlier in the evening. If you’re interested in applying to the 2012 Red Bull Music Academy in NYC (which you can do from now until 4/2), you should definitely try and come out for more information and the experience of hearing what our renowned guests have to say about music, life & Dilla. RSVP required on the FB event page or justin[at]redbullmusicacademy{dot}com for entry and details.

P.S. In case you’re not familiar with J Dilla, you’re about to be blessed by a ton of incredible music (plus you probably are familiar with some of his work and don’t realize it, if you’re into acts like Common, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest & De La Soul).  Check out these links from StonesThrow.com for more on your favorite producer’s favorite producer, word to the likes of Questlove & Pharrell:

J Dilla passed away on the morning of February 10th, 2006 at the age of 32. He had suffered for over three years with an incurable blood disease, and had also been diagnosed with lupus. He left behind a body of work which will be loved and rediscovered for years to come.

Our admiration for this artist, and our brief time working with him, is too much to cover in this small space, but we have a wealth of biographical and discography info, photos, interview and published features in the links below.

J DILLA LINKS
J Dilla – Complete Discography
J Dilla – Official Biography

KEY WORKS
J Dilla – Donuts Album
J Dilla – Ruff Draft Album
Jaylib – Champion Sound Album

KEY NEWS FEATURES & TRIBUTES
J Dilla Cover Story Real Detroit Weekly, 2006
Jay Dee 1974-2006 Urb, 2006
Jay Dee’s Last Days Detroit Free Press, Feb. 2006
Jaylib Live in 2004 Audio & Photos
J Dilla & Madlib at Rock the Bells Photos
B+ Remembers Dilla & Madlib in Brazil
Associated Press: J Dilla Obit
New York Times: J Dilla Obit
Behind the Beat: Photos: Inside J Dilla’s studio, 2005
The Battle for J Dilla’s Legacy Vibe, 2009
Reorganized J Dilla Estate Announced 2010