Here is the official film created in honour of arguably the greatest producer of all time. With testomanies from his family members, Common and many other famous people within the music industry this film celebrates and encapsulates the genius that was James Yancey aka J.Dilla.
The Press release:
“We are fortunate to have the musical gifts of J.Dilla remain with us to listen to forever. He will live-on through his music, and his legacy will be upheld by his many supporters. After 5 years, there aren’t too many Dilla related photos or video clips of our beloved J.Dilla that we haven’t grown familiar with… fortunately some periodically surface. This video is one of those refreshing times. When James “J.Dilla” Yancey passed away on February 10, 2006, this remembrance piece “J.Dilla: Still Shining” got underway on the day of his funeral when friends and family shared their thoughts on camera (you’ll notice the dark clothing). This project takes us to February 2006… in the very moments when we were all still coming to terms with this heavy loss. In the weeks that followed, other interviews with his associates, artwork submissions in Dilla’s likeness from his fans, photographs from friends, and some unreleased video material helped support the piece to completion.
This piece was created for his fans as an uplifting effort to reinforce their awareness of the support of J.Dilla’s legacy, not as an official documentary styled production. This stands as a tribute for the J.Dilla fans that already understood his presence in music at the time he passed away… and those who continue to seek material about him to rejuvenate their support. This “J.Dilla: Still Shining” remembrance piece is designed for his fans to gain greater insight, and a richer appreciation of this musical icon. As fans of music, we suffered the loss of a great asset… but J.Dilla continues to shine.
— Brian ‘B. Kyle’ Atkins”
The film is a very touching piece of cinema and really shows what J.Dilla meant to so many people. Looking deeper into his life, loved ones and his unrivaled focus on creating amazing art highlights something that all of us should follow and that should be to do what you want to do and be who you want to be. If you want to make it as something you go for it, do not be held back by people telling you, YOU CANT.
This film is for all the supporters of JDilla pre his tragic death in 2006 and for the people who have embraced his music since his passing. Watch the video and embrace the passion and determination of a real genius.
R.I.P. James Yancey.