It's been promised for a few years now, but finally this week the uncle of Detroit hip-hop producer/emcee
J Dilla finally opened his coffee shop/doughnut spot Dilla's Delights in the late artist's honor. First reported back in 2013, Herman Hayes said that he wanted to pay tribute to his donut-loving nephew, who released the album Donuts just a few days before his 2006 premature passing at age 32, by opening a coffee/donut retail outlet in the late artist's Michigan hometown. That dream became a reality yesterday when Dilla's "Uncle Herm," who back in the day used to supply his nephew with his all time favorite snack, opened up Dilla's Delights. The downtown Detroit business is located across from the Detroit Opera House and not far from where the late artist born James Yancey once lived. In fact opening day and today were such busy days for the new business that they closed shop early having sold out of all the baked goods. Made in 15 varieties, the Dilla donuts are reportedly made from all organic flour ingredients.
A former baker with the Flint-based Dawn Donuts chain, Hayes has spent the past few years baking and selling the Dilla's Delights donuts via a few select spots such as Detroit's Red Hook Cafe as he awaited all the paperwork to be handled before finally opening up Dilla's Delights. The new Dilla themed donut spot follows various formats of the Donuts album including the cassette version, the CD version, this year's 10th Anniversary 2LP set, and the popular box set of 45 singles that was released in 2013. Even more recently from Dilla was his latest posthumous album The Diary that showcases his mic skills. The recent Record Store Day LP version of that album sold out instantly but on Friday (May 6th) the Pay Jay vinyl release of The Diary will arrive in Amoeba.