“J Dilla has had a great impact on my life as a producer,” says DJ, emcee and producer Nex Millen. “He inspired me to keep making music my way and to grow with the industry.” Various cities host tribute events on the deceased rapper’s birthday. Performers at the Asheville celebration include DJ Kutzu, DJ Ra Mak and Nex Millen, who will be joined by Phil Bronson on drums and Derrick Johnson on trombone. Expect classics, rarities, remixes, behind-the-scenes hip-hop stories and “all things Dilla,” including a live painting of the artist by E-van, which will be donated to Burton Street ONEmic Studio. Dilla Day takes place at One Stop Sunday, Feb. 7, at 10 p.m. $5 ($3 with Nex Millen membership). ashevillemusichall.com. Photo courtesy of the artist
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