World-reknown super-producer and the late hip-hop recording artist & Detroit legend J. Dilla had an extensive record collection which was attributed to most of his success of making great beats for artists such as Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, and a host of others. Jeff Bubeck, owner of UHF record store in Royal Oak, MI stumbled across the collection acquired from a storage unit he purchased, as reported by The Detroit News and other outlets across the web.
A lot of Dilla fans were up in arms at first, assuming that the recovered record collection was actual Dilla beats and that Bubeck was going to sell thousands of dollars worth for $9.99. That was far from the case; they are actual vinyl records but Bubeck made mention that there are a few cassette tapes labeled ‘Jaydee Beats’ along with lyric booklets and mail addressed to Dilla and his parents.
I actually took a trip to UHF this past Saturday and was searching for the special labeled Dilla records up for sale. Once I got to the register the clerk behind it gave me quite a bit of information. I wanted to take a photo of a ‘Dilla record’ with the label attached but she said the first hundred or so sold out within the first week. The clerk also told accounts of angry Dilla fans piling into the store with accusations of theft and greed and how upset they were to the point of attempting physical altercations. I could tell she was very disheartened by how misinformed the public was on the issue, since the storage was sold off due to an unpaid bill and not snatched up with full disclosure of who the contents belonged to.
Since then, The Detroit News published a follow-up article on the status of the recovered material on Monday, stating that the lyric books and cassettes were given to Mrs. Yancey’s care. “Ma Dukes” also gave her blessing to Bubeck selling the records and called him her “hero”. You can make a visit to UHF in Royal Oak to purchase Dilla’s records since they are still sorting through and putting the records up for sale in small groups at a time.