BBE Music just dropped a special 20th Anniversary edition of one of the most important records in the label’s history: J Dilla’s Welcome 2 Detroit, presented in a deluxe 7” vinyl box full of instrumentals, it also offers several new interpretations by Azymuth and Muro, a variety of previously unreleased alternative mixes and studio outtakes pressed over 12 discs, along with a book revealing the album’s hidden story, from its origins in the basement in Conant Gardens told by those who were there. The deluxe 7” vinyl box set and the digital album was released on February 5th 2021 during the annual #DillaMonth celebration, as close to the great man’s birthday on Feb 7th as possible.
To mark the 20th Anniversary of this groundbreaking record, the label BBE Music issued a specially remastered edition of Welcome 2 Detroit, featuring a stunning new remix of ‘Think Twice’ by Japanese DJ/producer Muro and a funky new cover version of ‘Rico Suave Bossa Nova’ by legendary Brazilian electronic jazz-funk pioneers 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. The vinyl set offers a book by British writer and filmmaker John Vanderpuije offers an oral history of the album’s making, as told by Amp Fiddler, Ma Dukes and all of the album’s key musical contributors. This album, as always, reps his love for donuts and for those who don’t know, his fam still has a retail presence in Detroit at their donut shop Dilla’s Delights.
The album is now streaming on Spotify (and Apple Music):