James Dewitt Yancey (1974-2006). Today marks the fifth anniversary of J Dilla’s death. I’m not going to say how important he is to hip hop and music as a whole because I don’t really need to. His influence continues to live on through the artists of today, his own work is timeless and is as relevant now as when it was first released.
Much of Still Shining was shot on the day of Dilla’s funeral service in 2006 and it features contributions from family, friends and collaborators including Common, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Questlove, Erykah Badu and many more. It’s a fitting tribute to the late, great man and well worth watching if you’ve got 40 minutes free.
(via FWMJ’s Rappers I Know)