J Dilla Released ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’ On This Date In 2001

J Dilla Released 'Welcome 2 Detroit' On This Day In 2001

Welcome 2 Detroit was the debut studio album by album from J Dilla, released on February 27, 2001. The album followed the group’s critically acclaimed Fantastic, Vol. 2, and kicked off BBE’s “Beat Generation” series (producer-driven albums).

Welcome 2 Detroit bears the name “Jay Dee” as well as “J Dilla”, and marks the first time Dilla (who until that point was still known as Jay Dee) officially used the name J Dilla.

Welcome 2 Detroit is a showcase of the talent from J Dilla’s hometown, introducing a pre-Slum Village Elzhi on the song “Come Get It”, and making room for his longtime 1st Down partner Phat Kat on the appropriately titled “Featuring Phat Kat”.

The album sound ranges from grimy hardcore hip hop (“Pause”) to electronic psychedelia (“B.B.E.”). The track “Rico Suave Bossa Nova” is inspired by Brazilian music group Azymuth. As Dilla mentions in the extensive liner notes:

“I fell in love with Brazilian music the day I listened to a Sérgio Mendes album. We used to have jam sessions in the studio after work was done, (and) one day my mans Karriem Riggins came through. I asked him for “Bossa nova”. He gave me exactly what I needed.”

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Yoel Molina Law

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