1. J Dilla's Record Collection For Sale in Detroit Record Store, Friends React.

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    Detroit area record store UHF has come into possession of 7,000 - 8,000 records from the collection of the late, great J Dilla. The records are currently on sale at the store. The first batch was made available to the public this past weekend on Record Store Day. Jeff Bubeck, the owner of UHF in Royal Oak, MI, acquired the collection from an abandoned storage unit in Clinton Township last month.

    "It was pretty shocking," Bubeck told the Detroit News when he initially deduced the identity of the collection's previous owner. "I was like, 'Are you kidding me?'"

    Upon first sorting through the collection, Bubeck found numerous 94-cent Earth, Wind & Fire LPs, as well as a box of cassette tapes labeled, "Jaydee Beats." In addition there were lyric booklets, along with magazines and pieces of junk mail addressed to James Yancey, and his parents, Beverly and Maureen Yancey.

    The records from the collection for sale are distinguished at UHF with yellow price stickers indicating that they are from Dilla's collection. And though Bubeck said he plans to share proceeds of the records' sales with the J Dilla Foundation, his attempt to contact both the Foundation and Dilla's mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, have been unsuccessful.

    Reaction from Dilla's friends and colleagues via Twitter was a mix of disappointment and resignation.

    Producer/DJ House Shoes tweeted: "No one is supposed to be able to buy his records. But a lot of shit has gone down in regard to Jay that shouldn't have, Chalk it up I guess."

    Journalist dream hampton: "Dilla was one of our greatest collectors & curator of beats, I don't understand how this ended up a Storage Wars story. Super sad face."

    Producer/DJ Waajeed - who has steadfastly documented Dilla's legacy via his site, bling47.com - speculated that about a third of the records were probably already badly damaged from the elements. The discovered tapes, however, are another story. "Those tapes tho... I know it's shit on those. Woooooo!" he tweeted.

    And a final sobering thought via House Shoes: "The dead sea scrolls are in a fucking record shop right now."

    [Via Pitchfork ]


    UPDATE 11:22pm:

    Ma Dukes to Authenticate Recovered Dilla Collection.





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    • http://twitter.com/whitesaid @whitesaid

      Sad in a lot of ways. I hope someone who understands what they are gets hold of those tapes. Sure I would like to hear them, but at the same time somethings that artists hold onto are not meant for mass consumption.

    • bboycult

      My only thing is this...all these people claim to fly that JDilla flag; and NONE of them knew about this 'abandoned' storage unit; not even the fam!?!
      I feel like it's a HipHop fable that this actually went to a Independent Record Store and NOT some corporation or foundation even. I tell it like this....HipHop's NEXT J-Dilla will come out of Royal Oak MI! Get'cha dig on diggas!
      Support your local record stores....crumbs!

    • HughPhug

      some of these wealthy rap/music cats who claim to be all over Dillas nuts need to pull their cheque books and go by up those records. they should be in a museum, a fucking Dilla Dawg museum, not in the hands of some white boy who managed to 'acquire' them. how exactly did he come across this abandoned storage unit? how was it abandoned? someone leave the door open? how did he acquire them? bought them up in a sale? or saw the door open and took them. need to know more

    • tonytone

      lol at hughphug. dude got them in an unpaid storage locker and didnt know it was dillas stuff till he saw stuff in it pointing in that direction. what it matter if hes white or otherwise? i know many many people of jdillas same skin color who buy up delinquent storage units. all in the game. those records should get recirculated...probably nothing that unique about them anyway. whats unique is how they got flipped. the tapes on the other hand...thats finished product, so hopefully they get into hands of whoever is curating his music.

    • tonytone

      and if that 'white boy' or whoever didnt buy them up to resell, they could have easily ended up at the dump

    • bboycultisanidiot

      bboycult, that is the dumbest comment you could have possibly come up with.

    • Eric

      Really, who "owns" records anyhow? It's music, so it's meant to be shared. Are they supposed to put these records in a museum so people can just stare at them? Or what would his mom do with 8,000 records? I actually think it's cool that the public gets to share in some of the musical inspirations for Dilla's tracks. I've amassed a few thousand records myself through the years and have sold and given away many of them. And I think that my Earth, Wind & Fire records probably sound the same as Dilla's copies.

    • bboycult

      @bboycultisanidiot...please keep that moniker and use it all around the internetz. Your collar and walking chain are in the snail mail.

    • http://none Gen RC

      Look at it like this you want what you want in your possession. If you get some good finds and take them home their yours you can do what you want with them. Then I think about some of my favorite diggers collections and Im like damn. Whenever I have to move I gotta think where am I putting all these records. I got crates in ma dukles basement, a few in my garage and, I real nice little stash at the ex wifes overseas Im begging her very week to ship to me. awww dont get me started. Good article props!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vinyl-Gu%C3%A9rilla/117641414951359 DJ Gaogao (France)

      hello,...
      DJ Gaogao (The Vinyl Guérilla) electronic Beat
      sorry for my english ,I play with my turntable instead of learn my lesson...
      I think that it's a good thing that this collection is shared instead of be lost ... Vinyl is the memory of the music, not like this digital sound lost in some bank of data...
      We need share the music and for my point of view, not with very expensive price...
      Maybe he would be happy to know that his old vinyl could play again on a turntable...

      Play Vinyl=Play Music
      Play Digital=Play Number