Dilla time : the life and afterlife of J Dilla, the hip-hop producer who reinvented rhythm /

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MCD, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, New York, United States, p.xvi, 458 pages : (2022)



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(OCoLC)fst01030774, (OCoLC)fst01089951, (OCoLC)fst01127018, Biography., bisacsh, fast, History and criticism., Mesure et rythme., MUSIC / History & Criticism., Musical meter and rhythm., Musique, Production and direction, Rap (Music), Sound recording executives and producers, Sound recording executives and producers., United States


Includes bibliographical references (pages [401]-422), discography, and index.Wrong -- Straight Time / Swing Time -- Play Jay -- Machine Time -- Dee Jay -- Sample Time -- Jay Dee -- Dilla Time -- Partners -- Pay Jay -- Warp Time -- J Dilla -- Zealots -- Micro Time -- Descendants / Disciples -- Fragments."Equal parts musicology, biography, and cultural history, Dilla Time chronicles the invention of a new kind of beat by the most underappreciated musical genius of our time"--J Dilla wasn't known to mainstream audiences: in his lifetime he never had a pop hit. Since his death he has been revered by jazz musicians and rap icons for a new kind of musical time-feel that he created on a drum machine, which changed the way "traditional" musicians play. Charnas chronicles the life of James DeWitt Yancey, from a childhood in Detroit, to his rise as a Grammy-nominated hip-hop producer, to the rare blood disease that caused his premature death; and follows the people who kept him and his ideas alive. Along the way Charnas rewinds the histories of American rhythms, a story of Black culture in America and of what happens when human and machine times are synthesized into something new. -- adapted from jacket