Portions Of J Dilla's Record Collection To Be Sold On eBay

Fans can get their hands on real pieces of J Dilla crate-digging history.

Last April, a vinyl collection belonging to the late producer/emcee J Dilla was uncovered, containing approximately 8,000 records.

Now, it appears that portions of the collection are ready to be sold.

The news was announced on J-Dilla.com, where the story behind the collection was revealed:

Years ago J Dilla moved a large collection of records, personal test presses and audio master tapes into a storage until after his Detroit basement studio flooded. Shortly thereafter he moved to Los Angeles.

The storage unit was left by Dilla and taken care of by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, but attention and priorities soon shifted: Dilla became seriously ill and hospitalized, and with his mother at his side in Los Angeles during a planned two-week visited that turned into years, the unit was lost.

In Spring of 2012, the entire collection was finally recovered. The back payments and fees were paid – Ma Dukes was reunited with the contents she last saw just before leaving to L.A. to take care of Dilla.

The statement delved into the details of the sale, which will take place on eBay:

Maureen Yancey is now selling a portion of the record collection in the first of a series of weekly sales taking place on eBay.


Buyers receive an LP from the collection of J Dilla, with a signed, numbered certificate from Maureen Yancey stating that the record is from this personal collection.

The certificates are numbered with the plan of an online registry for Dilla fans to list their Dilla Collection LP. Buyers are welcomes to include the artist, title, and whether any tracks on the LP are known to have been sampled by Dilla. This registry is dependent on the sales of the limited amount of the collection and response from the fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Why would you pay for some random records....if you are a TRUE crate digger, go dig for youre records. Don't have it handed to you. Isnt that the trill of digging for records. Finding a break, loop that nobody has used before...Oh and enough of this DIlla merch. Seriously, shit is getting old.

  • Anonymous

    Good job on posting this article after everything was sold out.

    • Anonymous

      there will be more next week, though i dont know why anyone would pay $30 for a random, possibly scratched record becuase it was one of thousands dilla owned at one time

  • Anonymous

    Leave his fuckin stuff alone. Seriously. If anyone buys a record for his collection, I'm finding you myself

    • R.Pgh

      so Ma Dukes is trying to move on, but a J-Dilla fan can't seem to let go. He's dead and gone now. It's been years now, she can't just hold onto all his shit forever.

    • as

      i dont see why its a problem, they've mourned. When my grandmother passed in 2000 my grandfather held onto her stuff for a long time and eventually needed to move on. He donated a lot of her clothes and sold some of the left over nick-nacks and valuables that he had no use for. I dont see why this is such a problem.. What is Maureen Yancy supposed to do? just keep a shrine of all of his records for the rest of her life, she needs to do something and what better that to give the die hard fans of his music a chance to hold a unique record from his collection and at the same time clear out the stuff.

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