Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey is one of the most prominent among their ranks. The Detroit native is best known as the mother of late hip-hop producer J Dilla, a pioneering spirit who continues to influence today's artists and producers even in death. Since Dilla's passing in 2006, Ma Dukes has become an indelible presence in hip-hop culture and a public persona in her own right. She has spearheaded a handful of ventures, including the release of a definitive Dilla box-set, 'The King of Beats,' the launch of a record label and foundation, and an annual "Dilla Day." As the Chair of the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation, she has dedicated her life to honoring and continuing building her son's legacy by upliftment of our youth and encouraging their interest in education through music and the arts.
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