“THE LIFE STORY OF JAMES DEWITT YANCEY” Vol. 1 A beautifully illustrated children’s book, page for page by talented artist Tokio Aoyama. The book is authored by Maureen Yancey-Smith and co-authored by CQ Wilder, M,ED and Diana Boardley-Wise, MBA. This book is not your average children’s book. It also includes an interactive audio component which is narrated by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey-Smith. J Dilla aka James Dewitt Yancey, Jay Dee was born Feb. 7, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan. He was a multi-talented legendary music producer and emcee who emerged from the mid-1990’s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. He was also one third of the acclaimed music group Slum Village.
Every child is born with a special gift and James was no exception. Before James became one of the most influential producers in many music genres. James was just an ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent. By tapping into his musical talents at an early age, James was able to develop a keen ear by listening to several genres of music. James also experimented with different types of musical instruments until he found a few that would transform him, his legacy and music forever. This audio book covers the early years of his childhood where he grew up in a house raised by musical parents. His mother was a seasoned singer and his father, Beverly, sang doo wop professionally and played piano and upright bass. Everyone in the house sang and were musically inclined. James truly loved creating music and he followed his dreams!
This book is inspired by the stories from his mother, family and siblings. This book covers the early years prior to him becoming the musical legend we all have grown to love and know today! This book set is due to release in November and will begin shipping by late November, just in time for the Holidays! The amount of books to be produced, will be a limited edition run.