Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancy, mother of late hip-hop producer J Dilla, has revealed details of Rebirth of Detroit, an album that draws heavily on previously unreleased material from the artist.
Due for release later this year, the aim of the album – curated by Dukes – is to “promote unity within the city’s hip-hop” community, and will feature unreleased Dilla material alongside work from Detroit artists who collaborated with Dilla at some point. Considering Dilla not only worked with a plethora of hip-hop artists, but house producers like Omar-S and Andres, there could be some surprises.
In Dukes’ words, “this will bring together artists that have drifted away from one another and haven’t been able to work with each other lately … It’s a healing process for the city…for individuals its going to bring back the love passion and the passion for the music and for what hip-hop has to offer… hip-hop is a culture, it’s not a passing fancy. It’s thriving and growing, in a wonderful way. It has a positive message and learning experience for all ages.”
You can watch Dukes’ video statement below.