DETROIT, MI — Detroit hip hop legend J Dilla passed away in 2006 at the age of 32, but his legacy will live on at The Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C.
Dilla’s MPC and custom Moog will be installed in the museum “to keep telling the story of his immeasurable contribution to our lives and to music,” according to the website OkayPlayer.com.
An MPC is a beat machine and a Moog is an analog music synthesizers designed by Dr. Robert Moog or manufactured by Moog Music.
Dilla, whose real name is James Dewitt Yancey, worked with both to create some of the most memorable hip hop and rap of his time.
He worked with several big-name acts including Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, MF Doom, Poe, The Roots, The Pharcyde and Common.
Dilla died three days after his birthday on Feb. 10, 2006 of a blood disease called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.
Dilla’s uncle, Herman Yancey, has plans to eventually own and operate a donut shoop in downtown Detroit to honor his nephew.
Maureen Yancey, Dilla’s mother, told MLive last year that Dilla’s Delights at 242 John R will serve as a tribute to her son’s music legacy and offer some unconventional, yet tasty donut treats.
It’s unclear when the business will open.
One of Maureen Yancey’s favorite Dilla’s Delighs donut flavors: broccoli and cheese. Other types of donuts expected to be available at Dilla’s Delights include “Black Bottom blueberry” and “Fantastic fritter.”
She said each donut is made with all natural ingredients – just the way her brother, a veteran baker, wants them to be created – and don’t have much of a shelf life since no preservatives are used.
“I bit down and the broccoli was so good,” Maureen Yancey said of her first time eating the concoction. “And the cheese was just perfect. You could tell, you could see it. It wasn’t pully or too creamy like you often expect cheese to be. And the broccoli was so fresh!”
Most of the donuts are expected to be of light and fluffy texture – as opposed to cake-style donuts – so patrons don’t feel gross or too full after eating them. And coffee is the only other item expected to be on the menu.
The business is also expected to include an overhead DJ booth for in-shop performances and plenty of J Dilla-inspired artwork, including some that’s currently in his mother’s Conant Gardens home on the east side of Detroit.
“We’ll have memorabilia; just little trinkets or whatever,” she said. “And I’m constantly getting more art.”