The Detroit Pistons have announced a retail collaboration with Detroit-born rapper, songwriter, and producer J. Dilla, celebrating his life and legacy in music and culture. The capsule collection will be available on March 13 exclusively on Pistons313Shop.com, coinciding with what would have been Dilla’s 50th birthday.


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Recognized as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, J. Dilla’s influence extends far beyond his hometown. The Pistons, in partnership with Dilla’s Estate and his family, felt compelled to share his story, especially following the recent 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

“Those familiar with Dilla’s musical genius understand his impact on hip-hop but there are still so many  who aren’t familiar with his legacy,” said Bilal Saeed, VP of Brand & Marketing Strategy. “The Pistons  wanted to tell his story in a creative way while also continuing to shed light on the city’s impact on music  around the world.” 

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“It has honestly been a long time coming,” Dilla’s daughter Ja’Mya Yancey said. “I am just so glad that we were finally able  to do something so major through the appropriate channels and highlight my dad in a way that was fun  and exciting while respecting his estate at the same time.”  

“It means a lot to see the estate and the Pistons collaboration in celebrating and continuing my father’s  legacy,” Ty’Monae Whitlow, J. Dilla’s second daughter, said. “Seeing the love Detroit has for him and for us as a family is  heartwarming. I can’t wait to be a part of and to see what the collaboration entails.”  

Designed in collaboration with Detroit-based rapper Royce 5’9”, who served as the project’s art director, each piece in the collection pays homage to J. Dilla’s unique style and contributions to music. Royce, having worked closely with Dilla before his passing, sees this collaboration as a way to honor his legacy and complete their “unfinished business.”

“Dilla’s enduring legacy is a treasure that must be safeguarded at any expense,” said Royce. “It is a great  honor to be responsible for curating his likeness in this exclusive merchandise drop entrusted to me by  his estate and the Pistons. This campaign holds major significance not just for myself, but also for the city  of Detroit and the hip-hop community as a whole.”

The collection’s unveiling will lead to 313 Day, a significant date for Detroit when the Pistons will host the Toronto Raptors at Little Caesars Arena. This collaboration celebrates J. Dilla’s impact and fosters a connection between Detroit’s music and sports culture.