Dilla Month: “J Dilla – Still Shining” Documentary (by Brian “BKyle” Atkins)

 

it’s taken me almost all month to work up the emotional fortitude to really blog my little broken heart out about James “J Dilla/Jay Dee” Yancey, a true musical spirit who departed our plain of existence on Feb 10, 2006 due to an on-going battle with lupus. i feel like, instead of giving some half-assed tribute, i wanted to make a string of “Dilla Month” posts from now until the end of the month spotlighting all things Dilla, and really concentrate on how he changed MY life and how i approached music (so i guess a more introspective personal take on his lasting legacy). i would however like to begin with a documentary video shot and compiled by long-time Okayplayer affiliate BKyle, most of the footage being from 2006 (post-funeral) mixed in with some rare live footage of Slum Village performing, and candid scenes of Dilla’s fam + extended fam (including testimonials from Common, Bilal, Erykah Badu, ?uestlove (of The Roots), Pete Rock, James Poyser, Karriem Riggins, Houseshoes, Phat Kat, Dwele & others).

props to BKyle & The J Dilla Project, which are hosting the video on their website via Vimeo: The J Dilla Project.

V.

2 thoughts on “Dilla Month: “J Dilla – Still Shining” Documentary (by Brian “BKyle” Atkins)”

  1. Good looking out on the support!!! I’m proud to have been responsible for upholding Dilla’s legacy in this way. He meant a lot to many of us… and this is my gift to those that appreciate him. A labor of love, free of charge… it’s All Good. – B.Kyle

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