The late J. Dilla has received no shortage of love and honors since his passing in 2006. All well deserved of course. The most recent of which being the announcement that some of his recording equipment will soon be up for public viewing. Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey has decided to share some of her son’s personal tools of the trade with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Of African American History And Culture.
His custom Voyager synthesizer as well as his Akai MIDI Production Center 3000 Limited Edition (beat machine) are the pieces that will be passed on. They will be featured in an exhibition called “Musical Crossroads” which will be opening in 2016. Dilla’s mom said she decided to embark on this venture in order to increase the relevancy of art in the Hip-Hop culture as well as to commemorate her son’s inspirational legacy in an unique way. The news was revealed during this year’s “DC Loves Dilla” tribute concert which took place at Washington D.C.’s Howard Theatre. Footage of Yancey letting the cat out of the bag so to speak, can be seen below. She was joined by a representative from the museum which is currently still undergoing assembly. Dilla’s equipment will be in good company. Items from other prominent musical figures such as: Chuck D, George Clinton, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Berry, and Lena Horne will be a part of the display as well. That is one epic stockpile of musical memorabilia for sure. Should be a wonderful exhibition. For more on what has been dubbed the “J. Dilla” collection or just the museum in general, readers can visit here.
**My Two Cents: This sounds like it’s going to be a dope set up. It’s always nice to see Hip-Hop being included in such significant undertakings. And I couldn’t think of better figures to represent for the culture than J. Dilla and Chuck D. This is definitely a must visit once the museum is fully up and running. Rest in paradise Dilla, your memory is certainly still thriving. -MinM