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|
|Producer||Jay Dee, Karriem Riggins|
|J Dilla chronology|
|The A.V. Club||favorable |
Welcome 2 Detroit is the debut studio album by album by American hip hop recording artist J Dilla (aka Jay Dee), 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). 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 until that point was still known as Jay Dee) officially used the name J Dilla.
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 sings background vocals and plays trumpet and keyboards 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:
|“||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.||”|
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.
- Welcome 2 Detroit – 0:49
- Y'all Ain't Ready – 1:28
- Think Twice (Feat. Dwele) – 3:52
- The Clapper (Feat. Blu) – 2:06
- Come Get It (Feat. Elzhi) – 5:02
- Pause (Feat. Frank-N-Dank) – 2:45
- B.B.E. (Big Booty Express) – 2:12
- Beej-N-Dem Pt. 2 (Feat. Beej) – 2:49
- Brazilian Groove (EWF) – 1:30
- It's Like That (Feat. Hodge Podge (Big Tone) and Lacks (Ta'Raach) ) – 4:05
- Give It Up – 3:08
- Rico Suave Bossa Nova – 1:25
- Featuring Phat Kat (Feat. Phat Kat) – 3:43
- Shake It Down – 2:55
- African Rhythms – 1:36
- One – 1:30
- James Yancey - rap, vocals, instruments, production
- Karriem Riggins - drums, percussion, production
- Dwele Gardner - keyboards, trumpet, bass guitar, fender rhodes
- Antwan Gardner - trombone
- Frank Bush - rap, claves
- Derrick Harvey - rap
- Jason Powers - rap
- Ronnie Watts - rap
- Anthony Jackson - rap
- Terrell McMathis - rap
- Blu - rap
- Beej - rap
- 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