Acclaimed producer J. Period joins Grammy-winning songwriter James Poyser of The Roots to create music for Julius Erving's biopic.
J. Period produced original theme music for "The Doctor," a Julius Erving documentary that airs on NBA TV June 10 at 9PM EST. The veteran deejay/producer was the music supervisor for the Brooklyn Nets in their inaugural season and he produced the team's song. So it’s fitting that he is paying musical tribute to Hall of Fame NBA player Dr. J through his contribution to "The Doctor."
The Brooklyn, New York-based J. Period is known for his collaborations with Kanye West, Q-Tip, Lauryn Hill and more. He joined forces with Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer James Poyser of The Roots to co-write music for the upcoming film.
“Working with such a talented composer like The Roots James Poyser to co-write 'The Doctor' theme music really took the project to a whole other level. In Hip Hop we are preconditioned to produce from samples, so being able to compose from scratch alongside such an accomplished songwriter really opened up new worlds of potential for the soundtrack. As a producer, that allowed me to bring together the best of both worlds in a way I’ve never heard in this kind of documentary film: a beautiful melodic composition that melts into a hard-hitting, high energy hip hop track, and back again.” said J. Period in a press statement.
The documentary has Hip Hop influences aside from the soundtrack; Chuck D of the iconic Hip Hop group Public Enemy is narrating “The Doctor."
The biopic airs between Game 2 and Game 3 of the NBA Finals and arrives on the 30th anniversary of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 1983 title, a team that Julius Erving was a superstar on.
“The Doctor” looks back on the life and storied career of "Dr. J." It includes highlights from Erving’s NBA years, rare footage from his ABA days, and never–before-heard interviews about challenges the basketball legend overcame in his life.
J. Period aimed to make a soundtrack that was as compelling and innovative as the films subject, a basketball phenom who set the stage for the likes of Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
“If you ever hear Michael Jordan talk,” LeBron explained in the film, “he always says he looked up to and aspired to be like Dr. J. So if there was no Dr. J, then Mike would have never had someone to look up to, and if there was no Mike, then there’s no guys like myself who looked up to Mike.”
“The Doctor” was directed by Zak Levitt, whose previous credits include the Emmy-nominated “The Dream Team."
For more information on The Doctor visit the NBA's website.