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Set to premiere next month, The Legacy of J Dilla documentary is billed as “an intimate portrait” of the legendary record producer.
Born James Dewitt Yancey, J Dilla began rapping and producing beats when he was a young child. The Detroit native became well-known in the 1990s Detroit underground music scene. He began his musical career as a producer for the group Slum Village and a member of the Soulquarians, a Black music collective.
Working with artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, D’Angelo, and Erykah Badu allowed him to develop into a forward-thinking music producer, rapper, and performer who made a huge impact on the hip-hop scene.
The Legacy of J Dilla documentary will provide access to Dilla’s family and is an intimate portrayal of a creative force that examines the problems that have developed as so many people try to manage his legacy.
I’m a Detroiter and I’m a fighter,” says Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey. “I will stay in there and I will fight. I won’t let anybody put my son down, what I do for him down, because I’m here to lift up his music, his legacy.”
The documentary was produced and directed by Christopher Frierson and Esther Dere. According to the New York Times, it explores Dilla’s life and work, which have had a profound impact on music, as well as the contentious discussions between his family and the executors of his estate on his legacy. The movie will concentrate on J Dilla’s career as well as his family’s battle to uphold his legacy.