J Dilla’s record collection for sale | Music News

The extensive vinyl collection of late, great Hip-Hop producer J Dilla is being sold by a record store owner in Royal Oak, Michigan, the Detroit News reports.

Jeff Bubeck, owner of UHF Music, says he acquired the 7,000- to 8,000-piece stash from an abandoned storage unit last month. Though he initially didn’t know the collection once belonged to rap royalty, he says he found out after finding a box of cassette tapes marked “Jaydee Beats” among the multitude of mostly obscure records. Even after finding the tapes, though, he had to rely on the internet to find out exactly who this “Jaydee” person actually was. Once he did, he knew he’d stumbled upon something special.

“It was pretty shocking,” Bubeck tells the paper. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'”

Since the discovery, UHF has been selling the collection piecemeal — “A lot of people … just want to own something that once belonged to Dilla,” says Scott Hagen, another of UHF’s owners. — with plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to the J Dilla Foundation, an organization established after the producer’s death whose mission is to fund music programs at inner-city schools and provide scholarships for students attending schools with progressive music curricula.

James “J Dilla” Yancey is a founding member of respected rap crew Slum Village and widely considered one of the premier beatsmiths in Hip-Hop history. Questions about his health began to arise after his appearance became increasingly gaunt, and it was later revealed that he suffered from a rare blood disease called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and possibly lupus. He succumbed to cardiac arrest related to the illness on February 10, 2006, three days after his 32nd birthday and the release of his celebrated final album, Donuts.

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