In a video message released yesterday, April 4 Maureen Yancy the mother of late producer James “J Dilla” Yancy revealed that a new album featuring unreleased music from J Dilla will be released this fall.
Titled The Rebirth Of Detroit the album will feature Detroit-based artists who have worked with J Dilla in the past. Mrs. Yancy, who is commonly referred to as Ma Dukes, explained that building camaraderie was one of the main goals of the project.
“This will bring together artists that have drifted away from one another and haven't been able to work with each other lately,” Mrs. Yancy explained. "It's a healing process for the city.
She went on to stress that the album will consist of completely new material and ideas from J Dilla.
"There's a misconception that it has something to do with old projects. This is entirely new, fresh ideas, energetic, fresh and gifted. It is titled The Rebirth of Detroit, so no one will get it twisted," said Mrs. Yancy.
J Dilla passed away on February 10, 2006 from complications resulting from the autoimmune disorder lupus.