After finding 8,000 records and some vintage beat tapes in an abandoned storage unit, the owner of UHF Records is offering J. Dilla disciples a piece of history.
Late producer/emcee J. Dilla (p/k/a Jay Dee) was a renowned record collector, which he sampled in his decade-plus career with Slum Village, Jaylib and others. The Detroit Daily News has reported that what is believed to be a bulk of that collection is presently for sale at an area record shop.
The collection which is being sold at UHF Records in Detroit's Royal Oak neighborhood includes approximately 8,000 records, ranging in value from common albums to some notable rarities. The store owner, Jeff Bubeck noted that the records were acquired from an abandoned storage unit. In addition to the vinyl contents were numerous cassette tapes, some reportedly labeled "JayDee Beats."
Bubeck claims to have been in contact with Stones Throw Records, where Dilla released albums before his 2006 death from Lupus complications. Bubeck claims to have also contacted the J Dilla Foundation, whom he says has been unresponsive. The store has part of the collection on sale now, following Saturday's Record Store Day retail holiday.