Diana V. Boardley
The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey
by Maureen Yancey-Smith, Diana V.
Boardley-Wise,MBA and CQ Wilder M.ED

Every child is born with a special gift and
James Dewitt Yancey was no
exception. Before becoming J Dilla, one of
the most influential producers in many
musical genres, James Dewitt Yancey was
just an ordinary boy with an extraordinary
talent. By tapping into his musical talent at an
early age, James Dewitt Yancey was able to
experiment with different types of musical
instruments until he found several that would
transform him, his legacy, and music forever.

James Dewitt Yancey followed his dream
and as you read, you will learn how it all
began.