If you have been keeping up with the Dillz, things are beginning to heat up on his tour, where he teamed up with “The New York Love Song,” an upcoming independent film company to begin the filming of his documentary that peers into the life of a D.I.Y. artist that self books tours, sleeps on floors, rocks SXSW, and earns a video game character in NBA 2k11 to worldwide voyages with Matisyahu, Snoop Dogg and Rza of the Wu Tang Clan. Although that could be the focal point , the documentary’s main point is to show his triumph from the prior life of Kosha Dillz, who was has dealt with drugs, jails, parole, and addiction to Division I athletics and high school wrestling stardom all before his career .
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.