Back in 2006, three days before his death, rapper and producer J Dilla released Donuts – a now critically acclaimed album created almost entirely from his hospital bed. Now, nine years on, Amsterdam-based digital studio Cartelle Interactive has launched a rather nuts short film site called The Dilla Dimension in honour of the record, inviting users on a crazy interstellar journey through space, hip-hop and the internet. According to Cartelle Interactive, the film “tells the story of two sugarcoated souls and their psychedelic journey through outer space,” soundtracked by Donuts.
The agency goes on: “An alternate universe, blanketed with hypercolour sugar and fluorescent glaze, gives birth to an unlikely cluster of donut holes. Suddenly, they are split apart and scattered across a sea of hypnotic, interstellar chaos. But the impossible takes shape when a love is sparked, leading to a desperate search across the universe for one another.”
It’s very strange, very hypnotic, and rather beautiful. Happy birthday, Dilla, and RIP.
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