J Dilla's Mother Announces Children's Book, "The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey"
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:06:50
J Dilla Videos
A J Dilla children's book, The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey, has been announced by his mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey-Smith. An audio book will also be made available and will be narrated by Ma Dukes. The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey is set to be out November 22nd. Ma Dukes made the announcement on New York radio station Hot 97.
Ma Dukes said in a statement about the children's book, "I want to tell you how very happy I am about the first series of my children's book titled The Life Story of J Dilla. 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."
She added, "The book is to bridge the gap to explain to young people not only who [J Dilla] was … but to introduce him so that they'll be familiar with his music that he put out," she said of The Life Story. "He wasn't always recognized for music he put out that either went gold or platinum."
The book is currently available for pre-order, and features illustrations by artist Tokio Aoyama. "A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation, which aims to "[enhance and develop] urban music programs in inner-cities academia,"" according to Rolling Stone.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff