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Jay Dee needs no introduction. Widely regarded as the most important man in hip-hop along with Pete Rock and DJ Premier, and Dr. Dre. Having laced tracks and remixed for the likes of Janet Jackson, Daft Punk, Tribe Called Quest, Brand New Heavies, Busta Rhymes, Common, Erykah Badu, Guru, The Pharcyde, The Roots, De La Soul, Royce Da ’59……the list goes on and on. There is no questioning Jay Dees talents and abilities. Many have tried but can’t duplicate.
Jay Dee’s solo ”Welcome 2 Detroit”, was the first instalment of the Beat Generation, a series of producer led albums whereby the producer comes out from the shadows to have complete creative control to do what they’ve always wanted to do. Not only was it short-listed for the Artistic Achievement in Music October 2001 (the US equivalent to the Mercury Prize), but gave all to follow something to live up to.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the cult series, Beat Generation, BBE are re-releasing the instrumental version of the monumental ”Welcome 2 Detroit” on vinyl. This will open eyes to the complexity and effectiveness of Jay’s production skills. Leaving you hearing elements you may have missed on the vocal version.