FYI, I’m posting these songs and videos this month because they should be shared. I’m telling these short stories because they are mine to tell. They are not to validate myself, brag, or to cement my place in history – as some people would think. I am my own entity. I am in no way accountable to anyone or any organization whatsoever, for what I say or do. To date, Bling47 stands alone for good reason. My commitment was and still is to my brother in life and death. My loyalty is not exploitable by circumstance. These are not just Dilla stories, they’re stories about me and my homies. Stories about MY journey and MY life.
Since 2006, there has been an ongoing debate as to who owns and has the right to speak about, or do anything related to James “Dilla” Yancey. The answer is simple: Everyone has the right to. Should it be organized and should people be accountable – YES. But just because you were around in the beginning doesn’t mean you have more right than anyone else. This situation is complex. That type of entitlement is bullshit!
With all of that out of the way, I’d like to take this opportunity the reach out to Ma Dukes again. I can’t imagine what this journey has been like for you and the Yancey family. My prayers and my thoughts have always been with you. I hope at some point we can unite our efforts and help cultivate a new generation dreamers.
This audio was recorded on February 14, 2006 by Brian Atkins at Dilla’s home in Los Angeles. Everyone met there after the funeral service to share stories and grieve. I stayed to myself that day in disbelief of the circus around me. I had no idea what was to come in the following years. One of the only people not in grief was Ma Dukes. She was a pillar of strength for everyone around her then and now. These words help remind me what James would have wanted. The music is for you.