Ah… Jay Dee …where do I even start?
J Dilla changed my li—nah, that’s played out. Without Jay Dee I wouldn’—eh, not that either.
Fuck it. If you made it to this site, you should know by now who James D. Yancey is and what he means to not just me but any&everyone whose been paying attention to this music thing of ours in the past 10+ years.
And if you know that, then unfortunately, you’re most likely aware of the tragic situation of his last days and his family’s financial status in the wake of his passing. In attempt to remedy the situation, there’s been lots of tributes, funds, re-releases, mixtapes, shirts, posters, etc. — some of them were dope, others were not – some were legit, others were most definitely not. But unfortunately, due to a legal technicality, no money directly generated from J Dilla’s work or likeness have reached all of the right people – namely, his mother, Mrs. Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey. Not to put their personal business on blast (I’ve probably said too much already), but with insane medical bills still unpaid and worsening personal conditions, our support is needed now more than ever.
Others have started their own new tribute projects for Mrs. Yancey – and all the more power to them. But me, I don’t feel like all of that should even be necessary.
I really feel like this should be a wake-up call to us all on a numer of issues. Some of them being better health insurance plans for artists, fairer royalty systems, etc. But that’s all industry shit. As far as “we the people” – we’ve got a lot to do with this. You all know you’ve been getting Dilla’s unreleased shit for free for years now. And I really can’t hate too much on that part – if your favorite artist has some shit that you can’t purchase available for you to snatch up, it’s understandable to wanna get it. But when the time comes – you need put your mouth where your mouth is & ears are and cough up some $$$ to those who justly deserve it.
You shouldn’t need a new song or mixtape to offer a fellow human being who birthed the source for a lot of our inspiration some help in their time of need, especially when you still haven’t paid them for the old shit yet.
But, it’s on you. I’ve said and paid my piece.