If you are tired of vocal manipulation, auto-tuned, and all the other e-music nonsense that has been in the hip-hop world for the last decade, then the name J Dilla probably brings a smile to your face. Dilla had a love for the true soul of what sounds could be, and that’s lasted years after his unfortunate death in 2006.

Those badasses over at Fusion even put together a family tree showing just how J has lived on almost a decade.

He embraced music and made it his own. His influence is seen in the current commercial success that has been seen by Talib Kweli, Joey Bada$$, and many others. You can even see a touch of J Dilla in Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour.

Like many industry pioneers, J Dilla was taken too early. A blood disease that caused numerous small blood clots took his life. 1 in 10 people with his condition pass away within 6 months of their diagnosis.

The annual celebration that brings artists and fans together to celebrate the life and work of this great artist who still managed 10 albums before the age of 32 was moved from Detroit to Miami this year. Many have wanted to attend in the past and just couldn’t get into Detroit for one reason or another – like weather. Miami solves the problem.

Music brings people from all colors, classes, and creeds together. J Dilla could have created some amazing things if his health had allowed. Since we can’t celebrate any new work, we’ll come together to celebrate his ongoing influence on music.

Natalie