Michigan record store unearths J Dilla's vinyl stash
The owners of UHF Records in Royal Oak, Michigan, figured they scored a bargain when they bought between seven and eight thousand records from an abandoned storage unit. But when co-owner Jeff Bubeck discovered a batch of mail addressed to one James Yancey and some cassettes marked "Jaydee Beats," he discovered they had something more interesting than they had realized: the crates of vinyl had belonged to the late Detroit producer J Dilla.
Dilla, who died from complications of lupus in 2006, was a champion crate-digger known for his obscure samples. (For example, the interlude track "KJay FM Dedication" from the posthumous Jay Stay Paid takes part of its beat from R. Stevie Moore's 1980 instrumental "Theme From Hurricane David.") The LPs, which apparently run from the typical dollar-bin fare to some valuable obscurities, are being sold at UHF Records with special tags marking them as part of Dilla's personal collection. According to an article in The Detroit News, the store has contacted both Dilla's label, Stones Throw Records, and his parents in order to donate a portion of the proceeds to the J Dilla Foundation.
|KJay FM Dedication|