Earlier this year, J Dilla’s record collection was sold up for auction on EBay by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey. While it is known that the vinyl collection has undergone quite a journey- first rescued from a flooded Detroit basement to be later moved and forgotten in a storage unit- the story behind the vinyl collection’s discovery still remains a mystery.
However, with some assistance from Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey and Jeff Bubeck, NPR’s Snap Judgement tells the story behind the late producer’s record collection.
Investigating the discovery, the documentary also examines the contents of the collection which was not only an abundance of dusty vinyl but an undiscovered vault of tapes filled with unreleased material. Luckily for us, some of this material has surfaced under a series of releases titled “The Lost Scrolls.”
It’s kind of weird to think that if it wasn’t for Jeff Bubeck googling James Yancey, the collection probably would have still been in the basement collecting dust, yet to see the light of day. Hear and download the documentary below.