J. Dilla’s Welcome 2 Detroit Gets A 20th Anniversary Vinyl Box Set

J.Dilla’s Welcome 2 Detroit is receiving a 20th-anniversary 7-inch vinyl box set. The BBE release will have 12 records, with unreleased music, studio outtakes, reinterpretations of songs and a booklet. There is commentary from his mother Ma Dukes, mentor and friend Amp Fiddler and others who worked with him. The stories behind Dilla’s debut are unveiled by those who were there. The set comes out on February 5th during the annual month-long Dilla celebration and there will also be a digital version available. The genius producer died in 2006 at the age of 32 after battling a blood disease. However, in the 13-years that he was active, he left a remarkable trail of music created with people like Common, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Madlib and others. He founded his hometown group Slum Village and still made time for solo releases. His precision with sounds and deep understanding of drums set a new standard that no hip-hop producer has been able to mimic despite the fact that he is regularly studied by worldwide devotees.  The new box set can be previewed and pre-ordered from online retailers.