A New J Dilla Biography is Releasing Next Week


A new book about the life and legacy of James Yancey, aka J Dilla, is hitting shelves next week. The biography is called Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm, and it will also dive into the studies of his work, as well as the cultural impact.

The author, Dan Charnas, is a professor at both NYU and Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he also wrote The Big Payback, which chronicles the business of hip-hop.

Details about the book are as follows:

Dilla’s beats, startling some people with their seeming “sloppiness,” were actually the work of a perfectionist almost spiritually devoted to his music. This is the story of the man and his machines, his family, friends, partners, and celebrity collaborators. Culled from more than 150 interviews about one of the most important and influential musical figures of the past hundred years, Dilla Time is a book as delightfully detail-oriented and unique as J Dilla’s music itself.

Dilla Time will officially be released on Tuesday, February 1. You can pre-order it now, here.