Welcome 2 Detroit

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This is an article about the J Dilla album. For the Trick-Trick song of the same name, see Welcome 2 Detroit (song).
Welcome 2 Detroit
Studio album by J Dilla
Released February 27, 2001
Genre Hip Hop
Length 41:04
Label BBE
Producer Jay Dee, Karriem Riggins
J Dilla chronology
Welcome 2 Detroit
(2001)
Vol. 1: Unreleased
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
The A.V. Club favorable [2]

Welcome 2 Detroit is the 2001 debut solo album from Slum Village producer J Dilla (aka Jay Dee). 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 was preceded by the 12" single "Fuck the Police", a cut which didn't make the final album although it is considered to be among his best material. The album cemented J Dilla's reputation amongst those in the know as a virtuoso beatmaker.

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

Overview[edit]

As the title suggests 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".

Although it is a solo album, on several cuts, such as the first single "Pause", Dilla takes a backseat and lets others command the mic. He also covers Donald Byrd's "Think Twice", singing the lead vocals (which many may assume to be Dwele, who actually plays bass on the track).

The influential sound for which he's received praises from Questlove (of The Roots) to Pharrell alike, is on full display here. J Dilla provides various moods for his listeners, ranging 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:

On "African Rhythms", J Dilla covers the Afro beat group Oneness Of Juju's song of the same name, replaying all the instruments as well as mimicking the spoken introduction.

On the albums outro "One", J Dilla takes a moment to thank all who have helped him in the Hip-Hop industry, including Slum Village, Q-Tip and De La Soul. The Pop band 'N Sync is also mentioned, hinting to a time around the album's release where Dilla was slated to do a few beats for the act. (This collaboration never materialized.) Both the intro and outro were recorded on a hand-held microphone the night before the turn-in date. An instrumental version of the album was released on August 23, 2005.

Erykah Badu, another member of the Soulquarians, would cover Donald Byrd's "Think Twice" on her album Worldwide Underground.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by J Dilla except "The Clapper" which is produced by Karriem Riggins and co-produced by J Dilla.

  1. Welcome 2 Detroit – 0:49
  2. Y'all Ain't Ready – 1:28
  3. Think Twice (Feat. Dwele) – 3:52
  4. The Clapper – 2:06
  5. Come Get It (Feat. Elzhi) – 5:02
  6. Pause (Feat. Frank-N-Dank) – 2:45
  7. B.B.E. (Big Booty Express) – 2:12
  8. Beej-N-Dem Pt. 2 (Feat. Beej) – 2:49
  9. Brazilian Groove (EWF) – 1:30
  10. It's Like That (Feat. Hodge Podge (Big Tone) and Lacks (Ta'Raach) ) – 4:05
  11. Give It Up – 3:08
  12. Rico Suave Bossa Nova – 1:25
  13. Featuring Phat Kat (Feat. Phat Kat) – 3:43
  14. Shake It Down – 2:55
  15. African Rhythms – 1:36
  16. One – 1:30

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Pause"
  • Released: 2001
  • B-side: "Track f/ Phat Kat"

Credits[edit]

Performers[edit]

Recording[edit]

  • Recorded at Pay-Jay Studios, Studio A, Dearborn
  • Engineered by James Yancey and Todd Fairall
  • All songs mixed by James Yancey and Todd Fairall at Studio A, Dearborn.
  • Mastered by Shawn Joseph, Optimum Mastering
  • Executive producers: Peter Adarkwah, Lee Bright, and James Yancey
  • Co-executive producer: Timotheous Entertainment

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