Cat No: BBEBG001SLP

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). The album also inaugurated
the producer-led Beat Generation album series, which would later spawn classic LPs by DJ
Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, DJ Spinna, Marley Marl and even will.i.am, all of whom had been
inspired to reach for new creative heights by hearing Dillas magnum opus.
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 out¦yknow, Beej
on this joint!
The album would prove to be the perfect distillation of Dillas Detroit. From Kraftwerkinspired
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.” Okayplayer
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.

DISC 1
SIDE A
1. Yall Aint Ready
2. Think Twice (faded)
SIDE B
1. Yall Aint Ready (Instrumental)
2. Think Twice (Instrumental – faded)
DISC 2
SIDE C
1. The Clapper feat. Blu
2. Shake It Down
SIDE D
1. The Clapper (Instrumental)
2. Shake It Down (Instrumental)
DISC 3
SIDE E
1. Come Get It feat. Elzhi (edit)
SIDE F
1. Come Get It (Instrumental – edit)
DISC 4
SIDE G
1. Pause feat Frank ‘n’ Dank
2. B.B.E. – Big Booty Express
SIDE H
1. Pause (Instrumental)
2. B.B.E. – Big Booty Express (Instrumental)
DISC 5
SIDE I
1. Beej-N-Dem Pt.2 feat. Beej
SIDE J
1. Beej-N-Dem Pt.2 (Instrumental)
DISC 6
SIDE K
1. Brazilian Groove
2. Its Like That (Edit) feat. Hodge Podge, Lacks
SIDE L
1. Brazilian Groove EWF (Instrumental)
2. It’s Like That (Instrumental)
DISC 7
SIDE M
1. Give It Up
SIDE N
1. Give It Up (Instrumental)
DISC 8
SIDE O
1. Rico Suave Bossa Nova
SIDE P
1. Azymuth Rico Suave Bossa Nova (Vinyl Edit) – Azymuth
DISC 9
SIDE Q
1. Feat. Phat Kat
SIDE R
1. Feat. Phat Kat (Instrumental)
DISC 10
SIDE S
1. African Rhythms
2. One
SIDE T
1. African Rhythms (Instrumental)
2. One (Instrumental)
DISC 11
SIDE U
1. Its Like That (Alternate Version)
2. Beej-N-Dem (og) feat. Beej
SIDE V
1. African Rhythms (No Drums)
2. Brazilian Groove EWF (No Drums, No Vocal)
3. Give It Up (Acapella)
DISC 12
SIDE W
1. Think Twice (DJ Muro’s KG Mix)
SIDE X
1. Think Twice (DJ Muro’s KG Mix Instrumental)

Welcome 2 Detroit

£108.99

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Format:12 x 7" EP Genre:Hip Hop Record Label:BBE Music Release Date:05/02/2021
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