A selection of J Dilla's equipment is about to become another part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture: his mother Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey announced she'll be donating the late musician's custom-made Minamoog Voyager synthesizer and Akai MIDI Production Center 3000 Limited Edition to the institution, so they can be featured alongside relics from heroes such as Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Berry, and Louis Armstrong.

"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," Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey says in a press release.

The announcement was made during the annual DC Loves Dilla concert in Washington DC, and confirmed on the museum's website. The exhibition is set to open in 2015, showcasing the importance of popular music for the country's political and social history.

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