Donuts Are Forever 8
Donuts Are Foreverâ„˘ (established in 2007) is Rare Form's annual fundraiser and tribute inspired by the life and music of late producer James "J Dilla" Yancey. The name Donuts Are Foreverâ„˘ (DAF) pays homage to J DillaĘĽs last album, Donuts, released posthumously in February 2006, when J Dilla succumbed to complications from Lupus. Donuts Are Foreverâ„˘ began as a celebration of life and the acknowledgement of a prolific music career from fans and music lovers. Now in our eighth year, DAF continues to grow organically, while remaining rooted in paying tribute to one of our musical heroes.
Over the years, DAF has been lucky to feature an amazing group of headlining DJs, including DJ Scratch, House Shoes, Waajeed, Ge-ology, ?uestlove, DJ Spinna, Rich Medina, Prince Paul, Neil Armstrong and Just Blaze. To rock DAF requires a unique skill set, a deep catalog and the ability to creatively showcase a lifeâ€™s work to a dance floor packed with fans, something every DAF DJ handles masterfully.
We raised our first dollar for DAF in 2007 and since then, weâ€™ve raised over $25,000, with all proceeds benefiting the Donuts are Forever Scholarship, or previous non-profit partners, the Alliance for Lupus Research and the J Dilla FoundationĘĽs future music education programs. In 2012, Rare Form officially partnered with Okayplayer to further grow the Donuts Are Forever series and bring awareness to the fundraiser and Scholarship. As the collaboration moves forward, Okayplayer will be key in developing future Donuts Are Forever tributes.
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ â€śJazzy Jeffâ€ť Townes was born in West Philadelphia and developed a love of music at an early age. Jeff was just 10 years old when he started spinning records at parties using his familyâ€™s basement as a training ground for his expert mixing. Since 1985, DJ Jazzy Jeff has wowed us with his flawless turntable skills, innovative production and musical versatility. From the success of â€śDJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Princeâ€ť with partner Will Smith, to the critical acclaim of his production company â€śA Touch of Jazzâ€ť, Jeff proved time and time again that he would always be a force to be reckoned with. And he continues to represent with his solo projects, collaborations, mixtapes and live shows. His love of music shines through in everything he does. Over the course of his career, DJ Jazzy Jeff has achieved many accomplishments including a DMC Championship and multiple GRAMMY and American Music Awards and nominations. But he is a humble man who is still doing it as his 2002 hit said: â€śFor Da Love of Da Game.â€ť
Hosted by Torae
Torae, a Brooklyn-native, has been involved in the Hip-Hop scene for over a decade. He has worked with the likes of Skyzoo, Marco Polo, DJ Premier, 9th Wonder and many more. You can catch Torae Sundays on Sirius/XM satellite radio with DJ Eclipse on Rap Is Outta Control at 10pm.