Ma Dukes Announces J Dilla Children’s Book, “The Life Story Of James Dewitt Yancey”

Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey Announces J Dilla Children’s Book, ‘The Life Story Of James Dewitt Yancey,’ On Hot97 w/ Peter Rosenberg…

Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey, mother of one of hip hop’s greatest producers of all time, the late James ‘J Dilla’Yancey, has announced the forthcoming children’s biography entitled The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey. Available November 22nd, the release will be accompanied by an audio book, narrated by Ma Dukes.

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

This announcement comes on the heels of this past weekend’s grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History, where Dilla’s MPC is now on display.
Watch the Hot97 interview w/ Ma Dukes on YouTube: https://goo.gl/cHBBWc
Pre-order ‘The Life Story Of J Dilla’ online: https://goo.gl/TfnuIB


Every child is born with a special gift and J Dilla was no exception. Before becoming one of the most influential producers in many musical genres, J Dilla was just an ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent. By tapping into his musical talent at an early age, J Dilla was able to experiment with different types of musical instruments until he found several that would transform him, his legacy, and music forever. J Dilla followed his dream and as you read, you will learn how it all began.

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