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Essential Reading: Wax Poetics #17 “The Hip-Hop Issue”

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It was either 2006 or 2007 and my homie Chris and I took a trip to Brooklyn via the Chinatown bus to the BK Hip-Hop Festival. I don’t remember the headliner but I do remember seeing Jeru The Damaja and Saigon walking around the open area. Wait… I think members of the Wu actually were some of the headliners but that’s really fluff in terms of relevancy to this story. While standing in line for food, I spotted a vendor selling copies of the above Waxpoetics and since I was/am a huge Dilla fan (since 95) I had to buy it and this was the HIGHEST that I had ever paid for a magazine at the time (roughly $20) but it’s truly priceless.

This actually has another version with Public Enemy gracing the cover and I may chase that down in the future. In this issue, there were two exemplary pieces written about Jay Dee. “Son of Detroit: Jay Dee Remembered” by Ronnie Reese starts off with a passage from Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey and has other segments from friends and frequent collaborators such as Slum Village, Q-Tip, Waajeed, J. Rocc, Common, Karriem Riggins, Diamond D, Just Blaze, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jazzy Jeff, Hi-Tek and tons more. “With These Hands: Life Lessons With Dilla”, Questlove speaks of his personal experiences with Dilla as fan and friend. He discusses various Dilla creations such as A Tribe Called Quest “Word Play”, Slum Village “2U4U”, Dilla’s own “Think Twice” from Welcome 2 Detroit, and Common’s “Funky For You” while sharing lessons that he learned from Dilla’s endless ingenuity.

All in all, if you don’t have this in your collection, GET IT because I GOT MINE.