J Dilla’s 2001 solo debut Welcome 2 Detroit is getting reissued for its 20th anniversay. The deluxe 7″ box set—titled Welcome 2 Detroit – The 20th Anniversary Edition— arrives February 5, 2021 (via BBE Music). The new set includes a remastered version of the original album, plus instrumentals, alternate mixes, studio outtakes, demos, and a book about the making of the album.

In a statement, Dilla’s mother, Ma Dukes, said:

I’m real happy that Welcome 2 Detroit was done by BBE. Because I don’t think another label would have helped him embrace his full creativity and given him the control to make it a piece of who he was! Because of BBE he was able to pour more of himself into it, into every bit of music on this album. His spirit lives in Welcome 2 Detroit. It’s him! Alive and thriving in every song!

Read the feature “Collecting History: John Peel, J Dilla, and the Record as Artifact.”



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