J Dilla’s Mother Launches Label Ruff Draft Records

    Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, mother of the late, great producer J Dilla, has launched Ruff Draft Records. Beginning with the release of Rebirth of Detroit on June 12, the label’s first aim is to make available the wealth of unreleased material that Dilla created during his lifetime.

    Speaking as the head of Ruff Draft Records, Ms. Yancey told AllHipHop.com that the label is also keen to give opportunities to new young artists. “We want to make it more feasible to interact with these children, we don’t know how many J. Dilla’s [sic] we have out there,” she said. “Somebody has to find them.”

    Rebirth of Detroit is released on June 12 via the Yancey Media Group and Ruff Draft Records. A special listening party, celebrating this release as well as the launch of the new label, is taking place at The Magic Stick in Detroit on May 25. [AllHipHop]