[T-Shirt Tuesdays] The story behind the infamous ‘J Dilla Changed My Life’ T-Shirt

You’ve probably seen a this shirt around at various JDilla celebrations or at hip hop concerts but may not know where or who made it. in 2006 Stonesthrow managed to find the guy who’d created the t-shirt and he shared the following story:

“Let me tell you about the inspiration to make this shirt. It has to do with the photos of the concert in London, but it was mostly the reaction of the people that started to write all these negative things.”

“I have been a hardcore Dilla fans for years … I can’t think of any other artist that was able to touch me with music like he did. I have been waiting for years to get the chance to see this man perform and I was so happy that Dilla would come in December. I was reading all this stuff, ‘this man should stay at home,’ and so on. I was thinking to myself, why can’t these people appreciate what Dilla is doing right now and just support him? I wanted Dilla to see that it is more than just music and that I support him from the bottom of my heart no matter what, because he has been there for me all these years.”

– DJ Deckstarr

As today is his birthday I decided to pick a few of my favourite t-shirts inspired by the super producer that is James ‘JDilla’ Yancey.

by Another Batch

by Archetype

  by Giant Peach