Cool news: Several pieces of musical equipment central to J Dilla’s creative process are being donated to the Smithsonian by his mother Maureen Yancey. Museum popular historian Timothy Anne Burnside explains the rationale for bringing Dilla’s gear into the collection:
'J Dilla’s body of work is a testament to creativity and innovation, the very elements on which hip-hop was founded … Like Duke Ellington, he was uncannily versatile. Everyone who pays attention to hip-hop has heard J Dilla’s work whether they realize it or not.'
These are some of the same reasons I’ve worked to bring his music into the symphonic repertoire.