1. Black Radio
3. The $
7. Ms. Fat Booty
8. THe Look of Love
10. Bass Solo
13. Paint The World
15. Stakes Is High
16. Fall In Love
The spirit of J Dilla was felt throughout Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium on Monday night, as rapper-actor Mos Def and his Big Band performed a tribute to the late Detroit producer, who died in February 2006 of complications from lupus.
During a loose 90-minute set that felt more like a jam session than a proper concert, Mos Def and his six-piece band — which included a drummer, keyboardist, bass player, trombonist, trumpet player and a multi-instrumentalist — didn’t so much remake Dilla’s songs as bring to life the feel of his compositions.
Mos Def took the stage with a bandana covering his face and a New York Yankees cap, and throughout the show he gave props to Detroit. (Close enough.) As he took the stage, Mos formed devil’s horns with his hand — the international symbol for “rock” — but instead of rocking put on a thoughtful, lively tribute to his friend James Yancey, one of the founding members of Detroit hip-hop troupe Slum Village.
Mos was clearly having fun, grooving along with his band and often grinning from ear to ear.