Rebirth Of Detroit x Dilla’s Revenge

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Published on May 10, 2012 with No Comments">No Comments

Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey has announced a new posthumous Dilla record called Rebirth of Detroit which features various Detroit vocalists going in over unreleased Dilla beats. Posthumous releases are always tricky business, (after all, how are you gonna slap someone’s name on a record when that artist is no longer able to sign off on it himself?) but Ma Dukes has an unblemished track record so far and seems very much in touch with her son’s musical legacy, or at least has surrounded herself with people who are.

“This will bring together artists that have drifted away from one another and haven’t been able to work with each other lately. It’s a healing process for the city. For individuals, it’s going to bring back the love and the passion for the music and for what hip-hop has to offer.”

That sounds like the perfect idea. The first track (featuring Danny Brown) is below. Rebirth of Detroit drops June 12th.


1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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