Is it just me or is the whole Dilla thing played out?? I thought it was played out almost instantly.. I'm not trying to hate on him, but it seems like everyone and their mother tried to claim some type of allegiance to him as a way to get props or something.. I'll be honest,, I didn't even know the name before he died.. I was like "oh he produced Runnin and Drop?".. Then it was "Dilla changed my life" and every suburban kid with an mpc1000 is influenced by Dillas message, lol... His shits cool, but damn.. Just seems like a fad, which is sad...
Yes and no. First, I'm not sure how old you are, but if u didn't know of dilla before he died u were either sleeping heavily, or u weren't reading album credits. To your larger point, the dilla fandom does seem a little out of control and like it has become an industry on to itself. There are certainly some out there that have made careers for themselves off of dillas name. However, I do think a lot of the dilla love is coming from a positive place. Most of it comes from an inner-circle who want to make sure his legacy is recognized. Dilla wasn't known like a biggie or 2pac, but his impact on music was arguably greater than those 2 emcees. His crew just wants to make sure the world remembers that. For better or worse, they've done an excellent job at that. As annoying of a trend as it may be at times, I consider having an 18 year old student asking me about dilla to be a positive thing. Just think of how much great music dillas legacy exposes them to (tribe, common, roots, madlib, pharcyde, sv, busta, dangelo, etc..)