Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey Announces New Children’s Book Based On J Dilla’s Life (VIDEO)


(AllHipHop News) James ‘J Dilla’ Yancey’s mother is continuing to keep her late son’s legacy alive.

Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey-Smith is planning to release a children’s biography titled The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey vol 1.

The stories were inspired by family members of the Detroit-born producer and cover the early years of Dilla’s life.

Ma Dukes spoke about the book during an interview with Hot 97.

“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,” said Ms. Yancey-Smith. “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.”

She continued, “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 one’s goals in life.”

The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey was authored by Yancey-Smith, CQ Wilder, M,ED and Diana Boardley-Wise and illustrated by Tokio Aoyama.

An interactive audio component narrated by Ma Dukes is part of the package.

The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey is available for pre-order at