Posted in hiphop | music on April 26, 2012

by BBG

J.Dilla

At first, they were just crates full of records, numbering in the thousands. But after digging through their contents, Jeff Bubeck learned he'd stumbled upon something special: what he says is the personal record collection of late Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla.

Bubeck, one of the owners of Royal Oak record store UHF, is selling the records in his store. They come with yellow tags that identify them as part of Dilla's personal stash.

"Is it even possible?" That was Bubeck's first reaction when he learned the 7,000-8,000 records he acquired from an abandoned storage unit in Clinton Township last month may have belonged to Dilla, the celebrated producer and founding member of Slum Village who died in 2006 at age 32 due to complications from lupus.

When first digging through the crates, amid the mountains of 94-cent Earth, Wind & Fire LPs, Bubeck noticed a box of cassette tapes, labeled in black marker as "Jaydee Beats." There were also lyric booklets, along with magazines and pieces of junk mail addressed to James Yancey, as well as to his parents, Beverly and Maureen Yancey. -[Detroit News]

I wonder if the Bobby Caldwell, Ahmad Jamal, James Brown and Stan Getz records that formed the basis of early classics like Slum Village's Fantastic Vol 2 LP, The Pharcyde's "Runnin'", Common's "The Light" and De La Soul's "Stakes is High" are in those piles. Dilla, you are still missed.

P.S. before any more of those records are sold, someone get in there and document that collection, maybe for an online museum? (Questlove are you reading this?)

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Comments (20)

That's a hundred dollar bill.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:07 AM

who cares

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:13 AM

Dude should not be selling Dilla's record.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:17 AM

personally thought it should be given to dillas mom and stone throw so they could make a online collection as previously mentioned. i appreciate the charity sentiment, but still ... they deserve to be preserved in one place together

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:20 AM

it should be divided equally between all the brown people of Detroit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:34 AM

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:43 AM

GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:44 AM

You gotta let that shit go back out in to the world. What the hell good would it do sitting at his mom's house?

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:46 AM

anotha nigga dat like donuts BFD

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:54 AM

YUUUUUUUUUUUP!

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 11:55 AM

I cannot understand how it happened. He must be very very lucky.

Posted by City Walks | April 26, 2012 12:11 PM

Is there any engelbert humperdink records in there?

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 12:30 PM

I'd think the dude would take the collection off the shelves until he figures it out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 12:40 PM

Did you hear that? It was the sound of 200 Japanese record collectors booking flights to Detroit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 12:52 PM

big deal, another hoarder

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 6:48 PM

@12:52 I don't think that would make much noise really

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012 8:36 PM

I'd think the dude would take the collection off the shelves until he figures it out.

Posted by my egy | May 2, 2012 4:01 PM

Did you hear that? It was the sound of 200 Japanese record collectors booking flights to Detroit.

Posted by hafiz | May 7, 2012 4:20 AM

For this I did not expect ...

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