J Dilla’s record collection goes up for sale on eBay

The late hip hop producer's mother is selling a random selection of LPs online

A portion of J Dilla‘s record collection has been put up for sale on eBay.

After his Detroit studio flooded, Dilla put his massive collection of “records, personal test presses and audio master tapes” into storage before moving to Los Angeles in 2004.

The late hip hop producer – real name James Yancey – passed away in 2006 at the age of 32, dying from a cardiac arrest related to the rare blood disease he was suffering from.


After his death, the storage unit was lost, but last spring was recovered by Dilla’s mother, Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey, reports J-Dilla.com.

Maureen Yancey is now selling off a portion of the collection on eBay, at eBay.com/dillavinylcollection. Every purchase comes with a signed and numbered certificate from Maureen Yancey. An online registry of the J Dilla LPs is planned.

The eBay listing reads: “All the J Dilla (Slum Village…etc.) test pressings, personal recordings, personal items, tapes, along with a large portion of the record collection are being held by Ma Dukes for inclusion in a possible future Hip Hop museum and upcoming record release projects.”

The records for sale are being chosen randomly by Maureen Yancey. Proceeds from their sale will go to the J Dilla Foundation.