JAY DEE J DILLA Welcome 2 Detroit: 20th Anv Edition 12X7 Box Set Vinyl. BBE Music announces a special 20th Anniversary edition of one of the most important records in the labels history: J Dillas Welcome 2 Detroit, presented in a deluxe 7 vinyl box set boasting instrumentals, two brand new interpretations by Azymuth and Muro, a stash of previously unreleased alternative mixes and studio outtakes pressed over 12 discs, plus a book revealing the albums hidden story, told by those who were there. First issued by BBE Music on Monday 26th of February 2001, Welcome 2 Detroit was James Dewitt Yancey aka Jay Dees first solo outing and the debut appearance of his new J Dilla moniker (bestowed on him by none other than Busta Rhymes). Choosing to showcase his own voice and the voices of local rap-heroes from across the city instead of big stars, Welcome 2 Detroit marked a coming of age for the then 27 year-old producer, who fully embraced the creative-freedom offered by BBE for his first solo project. As Dilla tells it: Peter (Adarkwah, founder of BBE) let me do whatever I wanted to do.So, I wanted to put people on there who are gonna spit yknow, lyrically and represent Detroit. Because I wouldnt have been able to pull this album off if it came out under a major. Cos theyre not gonna let you just do a song or you cant just do an instrumental.
You gotta have this feature and youre Jay Dee, why aint you got Erykah Badu? Why aint you got so and so on your album? Id have had to go through all of that, instead of just putting outyknow, Beej on this joint!
The album would prove to be the perfect distillation of Dillas Detroit. From Kraftwerk-inspired Tech Noir that would make Metroplex proud, through subtle echoes from Africa, live jazz-funk and bossa-nova grooves, to tough Midwest boom-bap, this record somehow showed reverence to the citys past without ever leaving its present. Grimy street flows that somehow swayed like James Brown. Unquantized marvels, so free and alive in their bounce, that they could seduce the hardest of hard-rocks into the sweetest screwface!
Diverse, multifaceted, super collaborative and yet somehow singular, Welcome 2 Detroit was the shy and humble James Yancey revealing his true self in the only way he knew how: through his music. The numerous guest appearances from some of the citys best MCs at the time Beej, Big Tone, Elzhi, Frank N Dank, Phat Kat added to the albums immersive experience, offering listeners a taste of Detroit in a way that only Jay Dee could do. To mark the 20th Anniversary of this momentous record, BBE Music is issuing a specially remastered edition of Welcome 2 Detroit, featuring a stunning new remix of Think Twice by Japanese DJ/producer Muro and a stellar cover version of Rico Suave Bossa Nova by legendary Brazilian jazz-funk juggernauts Azymuth, plus a stash of newly discovered alternate versions and work-in-progress recordings from the album sessions, lovingly reproduced from priceless cassette tapes recorded by J Dilla himself.
An accompanying book by British writer and filmmaker John Vanderpuije offers an oral history of the albums making, as told by Amp Fiddler, Ma Dukes and all of the albums key musical contributors. The deluxe 7 vinyl box set and digital album will be released on February 5th 2021 during the annual #DillaMonth celebration, as close to the great mans birthday as possible and will be available to pre-order from the BBE website and Bandcamp from November 3rd 2020. Im real happy that Welcome 2 Detroit was done by BBE. Because I dont think another label would have helped him embrace his full creativity and given him the control to make it a piece of who he was! Because of BBE he was able to pour more of himself into it, into every bit of music on this album.His spirit lives in Welcome 2 Detroit. Alive and thriving in every song!
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