During its presentation at the Winter 2023 Television Critics Association Press Tour, FX announced that the documentary feature “The New York Times Presents: The Legacy of J Dilla” premieres on April 7, 2023.
Born James Dewitt Yancey, the Detroit native who came to be known as J Dilla started rapping and making beats as a kid. He grew into a music producer, rapper and artist who worked with artists like Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest and D’Angelo. Dilla’s influence has been celebrated more since his death than it was while he was alive, but mainstream recognition remains elusive. With exclusive access to Dilla’s family, the film is a portrait of a creative powerhouse and explores the complications that have arisen as so many people try to control his legacy.
The film is produced and directed by Christopher Frierson and Esther Dere. Dere is showrunner for “The New York Times Presents.”