Months after winning an Oscar for his Summer of Soul documentary, Questlove has announced he has another film in the works. According to Billboard, the Roots drummer will be executive producing a documentary about late music producer J Dilla.
“Explaining musical genius is my mission. To be able to tell the world about the musician that had the most influence on me is a dream come true,” Questlove said in a statement. “Not just on me, but on an entire generation of musicians that everyone knows and loves. J Dilla was our teacher. And what he taught us was how to feel rhythm in a way we had ever felt before. I’m so honored to be a part of bringing his story to the world through this documentary.”
Dilla Time — described as “part biography, part musicology, and part musical meditation” — will dive into the life and career of J Dilla, highlighting moments from Dan Charna‘s New York Times bestseller Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, The Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm.
Questlove’s Two One Five Entertainment will produce the documentary, directed by Patel and Darby Wheeler, alongside Charna, Scenario Media, Summer of Soul producer Joseph Patel and J Dilla’s estate.
It’s the only documentary the estate has endorsed.
J Dilla worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Common, his group Slum Village and more. He died in 2006 from a rare blood disease. He was 32 years old.
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