A new documentary focusing on the life and career of the late J Dilla is set to be debuted by streaming platform Hulu and TV network FX.
The Legacy Of J Dilla will debut this Friday, 7th April, and is part of an FX series called 'The New York Times Presents'. The documentary is described as an "intimate portrait" of Dilla's work and influence on hip-hop as one of its most esteemed beatmakers.
The documentary has been produced with the support and help of Dilla's family and will also look into the unfortunate circumstances around his estate following his passing in 2006.
"I'm a Detroiter, and I'm a fighter," his mother, Maureen Yancey, told TV Insider in relation to being involved in the documentary. "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."
Another documentary, Dilla Time, was announced last year, with Questlove tapped for executive production duties. That doc is adapted from author Dan Charnas’s recent biography Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, The Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm and will be made in cooperation with the late Dilla's estate, according to a press release. The film will be part biography, part musicology, and part musical meditation". Revisit DJ Mag's 2022 interview with Charnas on J Dilla's life and legacy here.