It’s the magical time of year again you guys. Not just Black History Month, or time of the annual grammies, NBA all star game in LA, it’s Dilla’s birthday. In honor of what is undoubtedly the best hip hop producer of all time, here’s “J.Dilla : Still Shining” the documentary for the fans that know him best told by the people who love him.
When the recent Wu-Tang documentary trailer came out, everyone was hella excitement about the kitchen arguments between the band members. So folks are gonna get really stoked on the trailer for Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest , actor Michael Rapaport’s new documentaryabout ATCQ, which gets deep into the personal issues between Phife Dawg and Q-Tip. Or, it could just be a brief segment in a film that otherwise spends its time praising the legendary crew—via interviews with ?uestlove, De La Soul, Nas and others. It’s kinda hard to tell via a five minute promo clip. Still, you know you’re gonna love it.
Documentaries that involve electronic music are usually hit or miss; either the film misses the point of the original usage of the music or it goes on a different direction altogether. However, with Speaking In Code, there’s depth in each dimension of the film; from the characters of the artists featured, their bosses, their families, and the world around them. The filmmakers themselves also become centralized figures in the film, as a natural plot progresses that struggles passionately between the journey of pure techno love and love amongst themselves. A film worth watching more than once, Speaking In Code is nothing short of an extraordinary documentation of fandom, freedom and everything in between. URB had a chance to speak to the director, Amy Grill about the starting point, her exposure to techno and the bits that happened in between.
Punk rock isn’t my bag. But the history behind Bad Brains has intrigued me since I learned about them a few years back. They garnered adulation from legends within the genre and are revered as one of the best bands it had to offer. Bad Brains also shattered expectations as an all black crew that transitioned into the scene and helped usher in its golden age. This documentary doesn’t have a title or a release date yet but don’t fret. Things are wrapping up behind the scenes so keep a lookout for it.