In honor of what would have been producer/MC J Dilla’s 37th birthday, Gifted Team Films, Okay Player, and Brian “B. Kyle” Atkins have released the documentary Still Shining. Dilla died on February 10th, 2006, due to complications from Lupus just days after his birthday and the release of his album, Donuts.
The project was started at his funeral in 2006 with Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, Common, ?uestlove, Busta Rhymes and many more sharing their fondest memories of the late James Yancey. There is some great in-studio footage of Dilla here and a time line of each section is after the video:.
J.Dilla is Still Shining.
(2:55) – Work Ethic Starts In The Basement
(7:35) – What To Listen For in A Dilla Beat
(9:10) – J.Dilla’s Range As A Producer. The King of Reinvention
(12:16) – Going Beyond His Influences
(14:39) – The Dilla Approach To Production
(20:21) – Jay The Producer vs Jay The MC
(26:08) – The Personal Side of J.Dilla
(29:04) – A Soldier Unstoppable!
(32:05) – Venturing Out. (as explained by Phat Kat)
(33:59) – Heading Home… Job Well Done.
(34:48) – We Salute You.
This is the piece of raw footage from MED’s ‘Push’ music video that the cover for the Stones Throw album Donuts was extracted from.