It’s already been a decade since J Dilla passed away, and to commemorate the legendary producer’s life, his camp decides to dig into the vault to unleash a previously unheard mixtape called Back To The Crib.
The project includes classics from The Doobie Brothers, Heatwave, Bobby Caldwell, Stevie Wonder, and many more. The co-founder of BBE Records, Peter Adarkwah, made a statement to go along with the tape:
Towards the end of 1999 or early 2000, it was my first trip to Detroit. James (Yancey) was working with James Poyser on Erykah’s Mama’s Gun LP. We’d checked out a couple of record stores (I can’t recall where or their names) and this tape was playing in the car. I recall “Think Twice was” on the tape and I suggested there and then that he do a cover with Erykah for the BBE album. We didn’t get the Erykah feature, but people sure remember James’ cover. We drove past a sign, it said Welcome To Detroit and I suggested that would be a good name for the album. When we pulled over James gave me the tape and said this is yours, or words to effect.
Stream Back To The Crib below.