Friday, April 27, 2012

Dilla's record collection for sale

Via Pitchfork: "If you want to own a record that once belonged to J Dilla and you live near Detroit, here's your chance. The Detroit News reports (via the Daily Swarm) that Royal Oak record storeUHF has between 7,000-8,000 records that they believe belonged to Dilla. The collection is on sale at the store now.

According to the Detroit News, UHF's Jeff Bubeck got the collection from an abandoned storage unit in Clinton Township. Included in the collection were "mountains of 94-cent Earth, Wind & Fire LPs," but also lyric booklets, junk mail addressed to James Yancey, and cassette tapes labeled "Jaydee Beats." The store released the first batch of the collection on Record Store Day.

Bubeck intends to share some of the proceeds with the J Dilla Foundation, but his attempts to contact the foundation and Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, have been unsuccessful so far. Dilla was a notorious record collector, as illustrated by ?uestlove's heartbreaking "5-10-15-20" story about his prized Brazilian Stevie Wonder EP."

UPDATED Rolling Stone: Michigan Record Store Puts Sale of J Dilla Vinyl Collection on Hold
Detriot News: J Dilla's mother to help authenticate late hip-hop producer's record collection...

Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, the mother of late Detroit hip-hop producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, is meeting today [April 26] with the owner of a Royal Oak record store who says he acquired a stash of Dilla's personal record collection last month from an abandoned Clinton Township storage unit.

Yancey said Dilla indeed kept a large number of his records in a Clinton Township storage facility. When Dilla was notified in 2004 the unit would be closed due to unpaid bills, Yancey says she shipped the records he wanted from the collection to him in Los Angeles, where he was living at the time.

"He knew every record, where it was at, what record it was next to, what record was two records from it, which hand, right hand or left hand of each shelf," Yancey said Thursday. "He knew it like he knew his hand.

"We shipped out everything he had asked for," she says, adding bills ran up to the thousands of dollars. "But we did what we were told."

Jeff Bubeck, co-owner of Royal Oak record store UHF, came across the contents of the locker last month. At first, he wasn't sure what he had; but after digging through the records and finding personal items addressed to James Yancey, he determined it was the personal record collection of J Dilla...."

UPDATED Jan 24, 2013: NME reports that "After his Detroit studio flooded, Dilla put his massive collection of "records, personal test presses and audio master tapes" into storage before moving to Los Angeles in 2004. He passed away in 2006. After his death, the storage unit was lost, but last spring was recovered by Dilla's mother, Maureen 'Ma Dukes' Yancey, reports

Maureen Yancey is now selling off a portion of the collection on eBay, Every purchase comes with a signed and numbered certificate from Maureen Yancey. An online registry of the J Dilla LPs is planned.

The eBay listing reads: "All the J Dilla (Slum Village...etc.) test pressings, personal recordings, personal items, tapes, along with a large portion of the record collection are being held by Ma Dukes for inclusion in a possible future Hip Hop museum and upcoming record release projects."

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