J Dilla’s mother speaks on sale of son’s record collection, says store owner ‘has done nothing wrong’ | Music News

After news broke yesterday of a Detroit-area record store owner discovering and planning to sell the extensive record collection of late Hip-Hop producer J Dilla, the store’s Facebook page and other online postings about the plans were apparently assailed with negative comments from Dilla fans who felt the 7,000- to 8,000-piece collection shouldn’t be sold and should instead be catalogued and preserved as an important piece of history.

Today, The Detroit News reports that, despite the fan objections, J Dilla’s mother Maureen Yancey fully supports the store owner in possession of the records and plans to meet with him today to help authenticate them.

“I’m not upset. I feel like it was a blessing if they really are Dilla’s,” Yancey said.

James Bubeck, owner of UHF Music in Royal Oak, Mich., had been trying to reach Yancey since discovering the records in an abandoned storage unit last month but wasn’t getting his calls returned. It turns out that Yancey had been getting Bubeck’s messages but ignored them because she thought they were a scam.

“She said she gets calls all the time from people trying to take advantage of her,” the store explained in a Facebook post.

Once she realized the messages were legit, she reached out to Bubeck and told him why the records were in storage.

“She doesn’t want the records, that’s why she put them in storage, no room for 8000 records,” the Facebook post explained. “We are going to sell them with her, recoup our money that was put out for 6 years of past storage fees and then help the family and foundation.”

As for the negativity the story has garnered — which Bubeck calls “beyond annoying” — Yancey tells the Detroit News that she’s “not on the same page” as those upset about the sale.

“I’m not angry about it at all. I’m grateful,” she says. “(Bubeck) has done nothing wrong, he just acquired something that seemed to be useful to a lot of people.”

Yancey plans on going through the collection with Bubeck and helping him create official certificates of authenticity for the records.

For now though, UHF has removed the records from their shelves and put them “back where we found them and Mrs. Yancey put them,” according to the Facebook page. They will eventually be offered for sale again, the page says, with proceeds benefiting the J Dilla Foundation, of which Yancey is chairman.

“There are good things that can come about from this,” Yancey said.

The personal items discovered with the records — including beat tapes, lyric books and more — will “never be offered for sale,” the Facebook page says, and will be given to Yancey.

To the many with negative opinions on the decision to sell the records, UHF used their most recent Facebook post to offer a very good suggestion:

“Anyone with such strong opinions that have posted here and on various web sites obviously really care about J Dilla’s legacy. In addition to all the verbal support, I’m sure the foundation would gladly accept your financial support.”

Donate to the J Dilla Foundation here.