J Dilla's Mom to Release Children's Biography on Late Producer's Life Story

Ma Dukes during and interview with Hot 97
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Ma Dukes during and interview with Hot 97.

You’re never too young to learn about a legend. Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, the mother of the late renowned Detroit producer J Dilla, announced this week on New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97 that she plans to release a chronicle of her son’s life in the children’s biography entitled The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey.

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The biography, now available for pre-order, will officially be released Nov. 22 as both a standard printed version and audio version featuring narration by Ma Dukes. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation.

In a statement published by Rolling Stone, Ma Dukes said, “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.”

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Dilla died Feb. 10, 2006, after battling a rare blood disease and lupus. A doughnut shop inspired by the producer/rappper’s work on the album Donuts was opened May 3 by his uncle in Detroit to honor his legacy.

See below for the full interview with Ma Dukes: