Earlier this week we got phenomenal news that J Dilla’s legacy would live on as it would be donated to the Smithsonian in DC. Dilla’s mother, Ma Dukes will be donating J-Dilla’s legendary MPC and custom Moog. These coveted items will form part of the Museum of African American History And Culture, where the greatest Hip-Hop producer of all time will be immortalized as his legacy will continue to live on with various other noticeable pieces of African American culture and music history. More on the announcement below.
Via Okay Player:
Last night atDC Loves Dilla, Ma Dukes took to the stage with a rep from the latest addition to The Smithsonian‘s arsenal of institutions to announce that Jay Dee’s MPC and custom Moog (built for him by Dr. Robert Moog no less!) will be installed in the museum to keep telling the story of his immeasurable contribution to our lives and to music.
The addition of Dilla’s MPC to the Smithsonian’s collection is a coup on the order of getting one of Basquiat‘s brushes or Jimi‘s guitar or The Godfather‘s cape or Louie‘s trumpet–all of which we hope have either already been added to the list of installations or would at least be considered. The Museum Of African American History And Culture should be opening its doors late next year/early 2016 to the masses, so you’ll have to hold tight for a bit (get it?) But it’s certainly worth the wait. We’ll have more on the exhibit as details roll-out, so be sure to keep it locked. We’re also told that in 2015, DC Loves Dilla will feature a live performance of “A Suite for Ma Dukes.” Where, you may ponder? The Kennedy Center, dammitt!