J Dilla's Love For Donuts Honored With Dilla's Delights Donut And Coffee Shop

J Dilla's uncle plans to open the Dilla's Delights coffee and doughnut shop in Detroit in either October or November.

The name of one of J Dilla’s 2006 albums was Donuts. Now, one of the late Detroit producer’s uncles is naming a coffee and doughnut shop after him, according to detroitnews.com.

Scheduled to open in either October or November, Dilla Delights will be an 800-square-foot shop in the Harmonie Park area of downtown Detroit. The business owned by Dilla’s uncle Herman Hayes is located on the ground floor of the Ashley, the former Milner Hotel, where Dilla lived briefly as a toddler, as per detroitnews.com.

“He was on his deathbed making Donuts, and I felt like that was partly a tribute to me,” says Hayes, 58, a former baker who is known to Dilla fans as “Uncle Herm” and who says he is the one of the reasons Dilla developed an affinity for the pastries. “I felt I should honor that and respect that and give back to him. I want to honor my nephew in the right way, and this is a good way to do it. Not by putting out another album, but putting a sustainable business with his name on it that I plan on being in Detroit long after I’m gone. It’s just what I can give back to him for giving us that music.”

The menu at Dilla’s Delights is slated to include coffee, tea and juices, as well as doughnuts made with all organic ingredients and whose names pay homage to Dilla's life and music. For instance, Fantastic Fritters are a nod to the Fantastic albums Slum Village, of which Dilla was a member, released; the Conant Gardens Glaze pays homage to the neighborhood where Dilla grew up; and the McNasty Macaroons were inspired by “McNasty Filth,” a track Dilla did with Madlib as part of the Jaylib Champion Sound album in 2003.

Dilla died in 2006 from complications from Lupus, as per detroitnews.com.. He was 32.

Beyond his work with Slum Village and as a solo artist, Dilla produced for The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes and Common, among others.

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  • Anonymous

    "Too many dick-ride/They wasnt bumpin JDilla, nigga, til after JDilla died" -Bishop Lamont 'CalTroit'

  • Mary D. Evans

    what Marjorie replied I am dazzled that anybody able to get paid $5697 in four weeks on the computer. Read Full Report... www.Cafe44.com the last song on his first album mentions how big of a wu-tang fan he is...just saying. the song's called thank me now - probably my favorite joint on that album


    I like the guy's music too but the this whole asskissing thing about him has to stop. Why are rap fans still such spineless dickriders? People should have wisened up ages ago.

  • c88

    hey uh i notice few things like people are trying to set up pretty mixed girls.

  • Gucci The realest

    Gucci Mane is the realest rapper outthere: - this nigga throws bitches out his car - shoot niggas dead - beat niggas up. Gucci aint no fantasy nigga like: - mobb deep were 12/14 years old when they met at the school of arts, - nas escobar lol nigga only had a ticket for parking his car wrong - 2pac never gangbanged - rick ross is a legend but not a streetlegend but a foodlegend - ice cube was bullied at school and this guy calls himself a G? - Eminem says he hate gay people but did a song with Elton John??? Gucci aint nothing to fuck with

    • Anonymous

      and why you posting disgraceful posts on a dilla page, have some respect...just makes me even more sad and mad at god that he took dilla away, yet gucci is still making music and somehow getting paid doing so

    • Anonymous

      i know your a troll (or a gucci mane groupie) but damn...the part your missing is all of the names you dissed are a million times better at making MUSIC then gucci (well him and ross are tied)....and doing that shit doesnt make you "real", it makes you a bitch. if that is your logic of thinking, then you probably worship dahmer, or charles manson, or those psychos that shoot up little kids at school

  • Pat

    Sounds dope. Im not from Detroit but if I was I would go.

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