BAKERY IN DETROIT, MI
I'M HERMAN HAYES,
Dilla's "Uncle Herm"
I've been a chef and baker for my entire career. Donuts are my specialty. When I used to visit my little nephew James, the first thing he'd look for was that box of donuts in my hand. Little did I know that many years later, James would become J. Dilla, a legendary hip-hop producer, and those donuts would not only inspire the name of his most acclaimed album, but become a symbol of the man himself.
MADE FRESH DAILY
The Yancey and Hayes families have been a part of this city for generations, through its ups and downs. We are proud to be a part of downtown Detroit's amazing comeback. Come see us the next time you're in town!
A tribute and
A LIVING LEGACY
After Dilla's death in 2006, I was amazed at how much he and his music meant to people all over the globe. And with their father gone, I wanted his daughters to have some support and a living bond to his legacy. After a decade of planning and working, I opened my donut shop in Detroit in 2016. I called it Dilla's Delights — named for the two little girls who meant the world to him.
A Detroit Legend
James Dewitt Yancey (1974-2006), known professionally as Jay Dee or J Dilla, was one of the most influential musicians and music producers of our era. Though he worked primarily in hip-hop — collaborating with artists such as The Roots, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, Common, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu and more — Dilla's sonic and rhythmic impact is now felt throughout the music world from pop to jazz. He was born in Detroit and lived his first few years in the building where Dilla's Delights now stands. As a child he DJed in nearby Harmonie Park. After moving to the Conant Gardens neighborhood, Dilla became a teenage multi-instrumentalist, a consummate student of sound, a voracious collector of records, and an expert programmer of drum machines.
Since his death in 2006, Dilla has been celebrated with annual "Dilla Day" festivals across the globe and lauded by journalists from NPR to The New York Times. His music has been interpreted by jazz and classical composers and studied at major universities. And his equipment is on exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.