Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, mother of the late James “J Dilla” Yancey, one of the illest hip hop producers of all time, has announced the new children’s book, The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey. The book will be available November 22nd and it will include an audio book narrated by Ma Dukes. This announcement conveniently comes after the recent grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History, where Dilla’s MPC (beat machine) is now on display.
“I want to tell you how very happy I am about the first series of my children’s book titled ‘The Life Story of JDilla.’ It’s been an amazing quest for the Foundation as we gear up to support the education of youth by inspiring them to pick up an instrument and enhance their creativity and learn to appreciate the arts. This book can be enjoyed by the very young, as an audio is also available. It’s an example of striving to be all you can be and working hard to achieve ones goals in life.” – Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey