Rating: NNNNThe first in BBE's intriguing Beat Generation series, where producers like Pete Rock, ?uestlove and DJ Spinna put together.
The first in BBE’s intriguing Beat Generation series, where producers like Pete Rock, ?uestlove and DJ Spinna put together an album of no-pressure, down-home beats, Welcome 2 Detroit spotlights Jay Dee — DJ with Slum Village and producer for Q-Tip, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo — mucking about in his basement.
Jay Dee’s trademark organ-heavy, deeply layered beats remain, but there is nothing here that even remotely sounds like Vivrant Thing. Instead, with a few MC pals beside him, the producer gets behind the drum kit, picks up the bass and guitar and gets into a deep funk, jazz, Brazilian and afrobeat state of mind, rhyming about the Clapper and leaving just enough of the original cut showing to drive beat diggers wild. Funky and fresh.