J Dilla’s equipment donated to the Smithsonian

j-dilla.com July 23, 2014

James “J Dilla” Yancey is now enshrined in the Smithsonian as part of the collection at the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

J Dilla’s custom-made Mini Moog Voyager synthesizer and Akai MIDI Production Center 3000 Limited Edition have been donated to the museum by his mother, Maureen Yancey. They will be part of the “Musical Crossroads” exhibit when the museum opens in 2016.

“Musical Crossroads” will be one of the museum’s 11 inaugural exhibitions, and will also feature artists like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Berry, George Clinton and Chuck D.

Smithsonian website: J Dilla Hip-Hop Collection Donated to National Museum of African American History and Culture