Ma Dukes Announces New J Dilla Children’s Book, Smithsonian & More

blame it on Meka September 28, 2016

The mother of J Dilla, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, has been working tirelessly to ensure that her late son’s legacy will forever remain celebrated long after his death. Alongside the numerous posthumous releases (another, The Middle Finger, is slated to arrive in October 2016), some of Jay Dee’s tools — namely, his custom-built Moog — are on display on the recently-opened African American History & Culture at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

Ma Dukes recently stopped by the Hot 97 home of Peter Rosenberg’s radio show, where she spoke on his son’s MPCs in the Smithsonian, wanting to teach future generations of his talents, and much more. Yancey also announced that a children’s biography, The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey, will also arrive on November 22nd.


Drawn by Tokio Aoyama, there is also an interactive audio component which is narrated by Ma Dukes herself. The printed version is available for $14.99, while the audio version is available for $34.99, and both are available for pre-order now.

Watch Ma Dukes’ interview below.