Sunday, May 3, 2009
In the spirit of Dilla posts (NOPE I'm not "late"...I just let you guys have February all to yourselves), check out this FANTASTIC piece written by Jay Dee's mother, Maureen Yancey:
Peace to emusic for doing this!
And, while you're reading, here's the original version of the "Ma Dukes" beat, along with a couple more Dilla treats. TURN IT UP!
"He was very unusual as a kid. The reason I say 'unusual' is because I had two boys in the house. One played with cars and trucks and Legos. And then there was Dilla, who had nothing but records and records and more records. He never asked for any toys. They didn't interest him. He would play with his brother maybe for a half-hour or so — he would give him a half-hour of his time. After that half-hour he just didn't have tolerance for the toys and the games: it would be back to the turntable.
We always let him choose his own records, even at two years old. You could go into a record shop and they would play different records in the shop, so you got to hear a lot of new stuff. (He went) shopping every Friday as a ritual, when his dad got paid. We lived downtown, and the record shop was two blocks away, so (his dad) would walk him to the record shop. If he heard something playing that caught his ear, he would ask for it. I was amazed at some of the choices he made. I know he couldn't have known all the artists. Maybe he was looking at the labels?"
Now that's dope.
Until next time,