The New York Times Presents The Legacy of J Dilla

FX Networks has released the official trailer and a first look at the forthcoming documentary, “The New York Times Presents: The Legacy of J Dilla.” 

Dilla, also known as Jay Dee, was born James Dewitt Yancy on February 7, 1974, in Detroit, Michigan. 

J Dilla began creating a buzz in 1990 as a co-founder and member of the group Slum Village

His ability to create tracks that sounded both vintage and futuristic led to Dilla being credited for playing a significant role in shaping the sound of Hip Hop in the late 1990s.

Dilla was diagnosed with a rare blood disease in 2002, but that didn’t stop his grind. 

He continued to work tirelessly in the studio producing hits for the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Common, The Roots, and Erykah Badu, just to name a few.

J Dilla died on February 10, 2006, at the age of 32

In his short lifetime, J Dilla was a musician, producer, and visionary who profoundly influenced rap and hip-hop. 

The Legacy of J Dilla” asks how prolific he was in his 32 years, why didn’t his accolades come sooner?

Watch the official trailer and a sneak peek below. 

The New York Times Presents: The Legacy of J Dilla” premieres on Friday, April 7 on FX Networks and will stream on Hulu the next day.

Will you be watching?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or join the convo on our socials. (Facebook, Instagram)