News: J Dilla's Memory Lives On W/ Launch Of New Website

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 1:50PM

Written by Biz Jones

Late producer James "J Dilla" Yancey's family is carrying on his memory by launching a new website in his name.

According to reports, the launch was made official this week.

In the year since Vibe Magazine published the article The Battle for J Dilla's Legacy, exposing the behind-the-scenes disaster of the J Dilla estate, many positive changes have taken place. J Dilla's heirs are today announcing a victory in this 'battle' with new estate administrator, and the launch of the website which will officially represent J Dilla and serve as a contact for anyone wishing to do business the artist's name and music. (Stones Throw)

The producer's mother has also worked to launch a foundation in his name.

The developments mark a new chapter in preserving and enhancing the legacy of the legendary artist and secure a means of future prosperity for his mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, daughters Ja'Mya Yancey and Ty-Monae Whitlow, and brother, John "Illa J" Yancey. "I'm so excited because it's like one big organization," says Maureen Yancey, who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the well-being of her family remains a priority for all involved and her son's accomplishments are held in a positive and productive light. "We've got cutting-edge people all over the country waiting to work and be a part of it. Everybody's on one accord it seems like the universe is working with us." (J-Dilla)

Dilla was known for his trend-setting production and soulful sound that made him a producer's producer.

Ron Watts, Detroit rapper Phat Kat, said Dilla's unique style in which he blended claps, drum machines and samples helped change the sound of modern hip-hop. "That's really where all the other cats are getting that style," Watts said. "It came from the soul, old Detroit soul music." Dilla contributed tracks to the Pharcyde's 1995 album Labcabincalifornia. He also produced much of A Tribe Called Quest's The Love Movement in 1998 and worked with Common on several albums. (Associated Press)

The producer passed away just over four years ago.

It is with great sorrow that the Family and Friends of J Dilla announces his spiritual transition on the morning of February 10th, 2006 in the loving arms of his mother, Maureen Yancey. J Dilla had suffered for over three years with an incurable blood disease, and had also been diagnosed with lupus. (Statement)

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