Oscar-winner Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson has lined up his subsequent challenge – a documentary on the late groundbreaking hip hop producer J Dilla (James Dewitt Yancey).

Thompson, who received the Academy Award earlier this yr for guiding Summer of Soul, will govt produce Dilla Time, based mostly on the New York Times bestseller Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, The Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm by Dan Charnas. Joseph Patel, who produced Summer of Soul (together with with Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein) will co-direct Dilla Time with Darby Wheeler.

Thompson’s Two One Five Entertainment, Cinetic Media, and Scenario Media are among the many manufacturing companions on the movie, which enjoys the approval of Yancey’s survivors. Dilla died in 2006 on the age of 32 from a uncommon blood dysfunction.

“The property of James Dewitt Yancey, and its wholly-owned manufacturing entity, Pay Jay Productions, Inc., which advantages J Dilla’s two youngsters, his youthful brother, and his mom, is proud to offer its blessing to an incredible challenge created by discerning and proficient filmmakers who knew J Dilla,” the property stated in a press release. “We belief the judgment of Ahmir, Joseph, Dan, and Scenario to raise Dilla’s life, music, and legacy to their rightful place within the canon of music’s nice innovators; and their movie is the one documentary challenge we now have endorsed.”

According to a launch in regards to the challenge, “The documentary shall be half biography, half musicology, and half musical meditation, that includes perception from among the most influential and revolutionary voices of contemporary music.” It may even contact on “the seismic influence that Dilla’s time-bending manipulations of the drum machine had on trendy pop music.”


Questlove is a part of a choose group of high-profile artists who labored with Dilla, an inventory that features Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Ye [Kanye West], Common, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Common, and Erykah Badu.

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
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“Explaining musical genius is my mission,” Questlove stated in a press release. “To have the ability to inform the world in regards to the musician that had essentially the most affect on me is a dream come true. Not simply on me, however on a complete era of musicians that everybody is aware of and loves. J Dilla was our trainer. And what he taught us was how you can really feel rhythm in a approach we had ever felt earlier than. I’m so honored to be part of bringing his story to the world via this documentary.”

In addition to Dilla Time, Questlove is engaged on a documentary about Sly Stone, who featured prominently in Summer of Soul. His fellow govt producers on Dilla Time embrace Zarah Zohlman, Shawn Gee, and Tariq Trotter of Two One Five Entertainment. Dana O’Keefe and Cinetic Media additionally govt produce. Patel, Charnas, and Rodrigo Bascuñán, Darby Wheeler, and Anupa Mistry of Scenario Media are set to supply.

No anticipated launch date has been introduced.

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