“The Dilla Dimension,” an Interactive, Intergalactic Homage to J Dilla
This month is the anniversary of J Dilla’s iconic last album Donuts. Released three days before his death and largely recorded from a hospital bed, Donuts is a hip hop classic that cemented J Dilla’s place in music history. Throughout the years, homages have been released in J Dilla’s honor, whether it’s Flying Lotus remaking “Fall in Love” or Dave Chappelle thanking J Dilla at the end of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. But this recent homage pays tribute to J Dilla in the best way possible–and it involves lots of intergalactic donuts.
Created by Cartelle Interactive Studio, The Dilla Dimension is an interactive, psychedelic short film that takes place in space and is inspired by music from Donuts. The film tells the story of two donuts as they journey through the galaxy, but the film is less about stringing a cohesive narrative and more about cool, generative effects. When set to J Dilla’s music, the whole project takes on a resounding quality that must be experienced (with headphones!). To learn more about how this was made, check out their Extras page.