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J Dilla Doc in Questlove Works, 'Summer of Souls' Producer Joseph Patel (Exclusive)

After winning an Oscar for Summer of Souls, Amir ” Questlove” Thompson and his 215 Entertainment have signed on for a new nonfiction project about the late music producer J Dilla.

Dilla Time will document “the short life and universal and largely unaffected by trust”. Dilla has worked with some of the biggest names in hip hop throughout ’21 and early ’00, including Questlove, And Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, Common and Erykah Badu. Other collaborators include Ye, Dr. Dre and Pharrell Williams, whose influence can be heard in a new generation of hip-hop musicians such as Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and Hiatus Kaiyote.

Thompson and Twenty One Five will be with Summer of Souls producer Joseph Patel in doc, he will produce and collaborate – directly with Darby Wheeler. New York Times bestselling author Dan Charnas, Cinetic Medi and Scenario Media are also collaborating on the project.

Dilla Time will be produced in collaboration with James Dewitt Yancey (aka J Dilla)’s estate, which will benefit his two children, brother and mother. In a statement, the estate and its production arm, Pay Jay Productions Inc., said, “Proud to be able to bless an amazing project created by the visionary and talented filmmakers who knew J Dilla.”

went on to state: “We trust the judgment of Ahmir, Joseph, Dan and Scenario to elevate Dilla’s life, music and legacy to their rightful place in the musical canon. Great innovators; their films are the only documentary projects we endorse.”

This document will be based on Charnas’ best-selling book Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the hip-hop producer who reinvented the rhythm, chronicles the life of the Detroit-born artist who died32 a Rare blood disease. It will also delve into Dilla’s influence on modern pop music, especially through his groundbreaking and original use of drum machines. The project is described as “part biography, part musicology and part music meditation, featuring some of the most influential and innovative voices in modern music.”

Thompson’s Twenty-one five partners Zarah Zolhman, Shawn Gee and Tariq Trotter will also serve as executive producers on Dilla Time. Produced with Patel and Wheeler, Charnas, Rodrigo Bascuñán, Anupa Mistry (Netflix’s Hip-Hop Evolution ). Also executive producing is Dana O’Keefe and Cinetic Media, who will also represent distribution rights.

“It’s my calling to explain musical genius. To be able to tell the world about the musicians who have influenced me the most is a dream come true,” Questlove said in a statement. “Not only on me, but on an entire generation of musicians that everyone knows and loves. J Dilla was our teacher. He taught us how to feel the rhythm in a way we never felt before. I’m honored To be able to take his story around the world with this documentary.”

Descendants of 215 most recently as executive producer of doc Regarding the discovery of the last known slave ship illegally transporting enslaved Africans to the United States. After the 2022 Sundance premiere, Netflix and Presidents Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Heights get the film now slated for October 21.




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