J Dilla's MPC and Moog synthesizer has been donated to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Though he passed too early, J Dilla's legacy continues to live on. The celebrated producer will be honored in the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian, where some of his musical equipment will be on display.
Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, Dilla's mother, has donated the beatmaker's Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and Akai MIDI Production Center 3000 Limited Edition to the collection, which will also host items from entertainers like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Chuck Berry.
“I feel it’s necessary to raise the level of art appreciation in the hip-hop sector and honor my son James Dewitt Yancey, one of the most influential individuals in the history of hip-hop,” Yancey said in a press release.
The museum is set to open in 2016. Dilla's equipment will be a part of the “Musical Crossroads” exhibition.
You can watch footage from the official announcement below.