Directed by Brian “B.Kyle” Atkins, and created in 2006, J. Dilla: Still Shining was produced as a tribute and final salute to one of the most prolific beat mavens to ever touch an MPC. While manning the project it was never about money or inflated ego. It’s a visual document for the fans and supporters who embraced the legend and lore before February 2006, and not the front runners who tried to get familiar after the fact. It’s a solid and honest retrospective crafted from the soul of Motor City providing a deeper look at one of the most gifted and relevant artists of our lifetime.Featured in the project are members of the Soulquarians Collective (Questlove, Common, Eryka Badu, Bilal etc.), Dilla’s major collaborators from Detroit and beyond, and of course Mah Dukes, Maurren Yancey and tons of others who knew him like family.
(2:55) – Work Ethic Starts In The Basement
(7:35) – What To Listen For in A Dilla Beat
(9:10) – J.Dilla’s Range As A Producer. The King of Reinvention
(12:16) – Going Beyond His Influences
(14:39) – The Dilla Approach To Production
(20:21) – Jay The Producer vs Jay The MC
(26:08) – The Personal Side of J.Dilla
(29:04) – A Soldier Unstoppable!
(32:05) – Venturing Out. (as explained by Phat Kat)
(33:59) – Heading Home… Job Well Done.
(34:48) – We Salute You.
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