Equal parts biography, musicology and cultural history, Dilla Time chronicles the life and legacy of J Dilla, a musician who transformed the sound of popular music for the 21st century. He wasn’t known to mainstream audiences, and when he died at age 32, he had never had a pop hit. But since his death, J Dilla has become a demigod, revered as one of the most important musical figures of the last century. At the core of this adulation is innovation: as the producer behind some of the most influential rap and R&B acts of his day, Dilla created a new kind of musical time-feel, an accomplishment on a par with the revolutions brought by Louis Armstrong and James Brown. In Dilla Time, Dan Charnas chronicles Dilla’s life, from gifted child in Detroit to sought-after hip-hop producer and eventually the rare blood disease that caused his premature death.
Out 7th April