Today in Hip-Hop: J Dilla Drops His Debut Album ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’

Today in hip-hop history... 2001: On Feb. 27, 2001, J Dilla dropped his debut solo album, Welcome 2 Detroit. In the mid to late 1990's, the famed producer and Slum Village founder worked behind the scenes, facilitating hits for the likes of De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Common and A Tribe Called Quest. But in 2001, Jay Dee decided to come out from behind the boards and put on for his city with Welcome 2 Detroit. The 16-track album featured fellow Detroit MC's Elzhi and Phat Kat and showed off many of J Dilla's musical influences from Brazilian jazz to hardcore hip-hop. The album ...

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