Since writing my story yesterday about Royal Oak’s UHF record store finding a part of J.Dilla’s record collection and selling it, I’ve read a plethora of negative comments about what was going down. While everyone has an opinion on it, most seem to think it’s a travesty that someone would be selling Jay Dee’s personal record collection. You know how the internet goes, it’s just like the wash lady on In Living Color: “I ain’t one to gossip, but that bad man from Detroit is selling all of Jay Dee’s personal artifacts and his records”. The original articles stated that he tried to connect with Maureen Yauncey, Dilla’s mother and head of the J Dilla Foundation. Maybe the guy should have waited before he started stickering the vinyl and selling it, it’s a tough call. After all, he is a business man, and he bought what he thought (after seeing the personal articles within the cache of records) to be Dilla’s records.
Today, news came out that Maureen Yauncey did indeed finally get in touch with Jeff Bubeck, co-owner of UHF. They have agreed to have Ma Dukes inspect the records, pulled them from sale to the public, and after said inspection will have a specific sale to benefit the J Dilla Foundation. Unfortunately, the internet can be an unfriendly place, and UHF was bombarded with negative calls, emails, and facebook posts about this whole ordeal. Maureen Yauncey did not agree with the negativity this has drawn, rather going on to say: “I’m not upset. I feel like it was a blessing if they really are Dilla’s,” she said. “I’m not angry about it at all. I’m grateful. (Bubeck) has done nothing wrong, he just acquired something that seemed to be useful to a lot of people.”** I’d agree with that as well. I heard talk that this stuff should be in a museum, saved, etc., but think about this: How many times have you been digging and found another DJ’s crates? How many storage spaces get auctioned off because people don’t pay for them? Records change hands daily, and even super producer records get sold eventually. I’m not saying that someone shouldn’t try to work with the Dilla estate to come up with a solution, but after a day of madness, it looks to be headed that way finally. I am all for preserving everything Dilla, and if Bubeck wasn’t going to sell the personal items (beat tapes, lyrics, the things that should be in a museum), what’s the problem? Now that Dilla’s mother is involved, and she will be able to verify what’s going on, I think a lot of the people in the record/music community will feel better. I know I do.
This is a debate that will rage on between people close to Dilla, fans, and others just trying to make money off of the Dilla name in a shady way (which I don’t agree with). That being said, we will let you know when that sale to benefit the J Dilla Foundation goes on. Long live Jay Dee.
**Quote taken from the Detroit News
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