J Dilla Doc Dilla Time in the works from Questlove – The Hollywood Reporter

After his Oscar win Summer of the soulAhmir “Questlove” Thompson and his Two One Five Entertainment have signed on the late music producer J Dilla’s new non-fiction project.

Dilla time According to the project’s description, it will document “the brief life and wide-ranging and largely unrecognized influence of music producer J Dilla.” Dilla worked with some of hip-hop’s biggest names throughout the ’90s and early ’00s, including Questlove, as well as Q-Tip of the Tribe known as Quest, Common and Erykah Badu. Other collaborators include Yeh, Dr. Included are Dre and Pharrell Williams, and his influence can be heard in the new generation of hip-hop, such as Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and Hiatus Caiote.

Thompson and Two One reunite with Five Summer of the soul In the doc is producer Joseph Patel, who will produce and co-direct with Darby Wheeler. The New York Times Bestselling author Don Charnas, Cinetic Medi and Scenario Media are also partners in the project.

Dilla time It will be produced in cooperation with the estate of James DeWitt Yancey (aka J Dilla), which will benefit his two children, a younger brother and mother. In a statement, the estate and its production arm, Pay Jay Productions Inc., said it was “proud to give its blessing to a wonderful project created by a discerning and talented filmmaker who knew J Dilla.”

The statement continued: “We trust the judgment of Ahmir, Joseph, Don and Circumstance to elevate Dilla’s life, music and legacy to their rightful place in the canon of music’s greatest innovators; And his film was the only documentary project we approved.

Based on the bestseller by Doc Charnas Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm, which chronicles the life of a Detroit-born artist who died at age 32 of a rare blood disease. It dives into Dilla’s influence on modern pop music, mainly through his pioneering and original use of the drum machine. The project is described as “part biography, part musicology and part musical meditation, featuring insight from some of the most influential and innovative voices in modern music”.

Thompson’s Two One Five partners Zarah Zolhman, Shawn Gee and Tarik Trotter will also serve as executive producers. Dilla time. Along with Patel and Wheeler, Charnas, Rodrigo Bascuñon, Anupa Mistry (of Netflix The Evolution of Hip-Hop) produces. Dana O’Keefe and Cinetic Media also executive produced, representing distribution rights.

“My mission is to explain musical genius. Being able to tell the world about a musician who has influenced me the most is a dream come true,” Questlove said in a statement. “Not only on me, but on a whole generation of musicians that everyone knows and loves. J Dilla was our teacher. And what he taught us was how to experience rhythm in a way we had never experienced before. I am so honored to be a part of bringing his story to the world through this documentary.

Two One Five recently served as an executive producer on the doc offspring About the discovery of the last slave ship to arrive in America illegally transporting enslaved Africans. After its 2022 Sundance premiere, Netflix acquired President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s film Higher Ground, which will now be released on October 21.

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