Since his passing in 2006, J. Dilla’s legacy has been kept alive through music and now, it’ll also live through a children’s book penned by his mother.
Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey has written a children book, co-authored by CQ Wilder, M,ED and Diana Boardley-Wise, MBA, called The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey. The effort is more than just a children’s book, however. It also includes an interactive audio component which is narrated by J Dilla’s mother, and the audio version will include the printed book along with an audio usb cassette.
“Even though I actually lived it, it was wonderful to actually hear it,” Ma Dukes told Peter Rosenberg in an interview about the book, which will be available on Nov. 22. “It kind of shined a light on my life because you don’t think of what you do every day.”
Proceeds from the book’s sales will go to the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation. The printed book version is available for $14.99 and the deluxe audio/printed book version is available for $34.99—it will be available in limited quantities.
In addition to the upcoming book, Dilla’s legacy is also being celebrated with The Smithsonian’s display of J Dilla’s Akai MIDI Production Center and Limited Edition MPC 3000 in their National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened on September 24.
You can pre-order The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey here.