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Legendary J Dilla’s ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’ Album Gets 20th Anniversary Box Set

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Legendary producer J Dilla passed away in 2006 at the age of 32 but left behind a storied legacy. From his work with Slum Village and A Tribe Called Quest to Erykah Badu and The Roots, he left his indelible fingerprint on numerous Hip Hop masterpieces.

Even as a solo artist, Jay Dee’s work set himself apart and further cemented his legendary status. Not long after one of Dilla’s beats appeared on Busta Rhymes’ highly anticipated album Extinction Event Level 2: The Wrath of God (on the song “Strap Yourself Down”), BBE Music has announced a special Welcome 2 Detroit box set to celebrate the project’s 20th anniversary.

According to a press release, it will include a deluxe 7” vinyl box set boasting instrumentals, two brand new interpretations by Brazilian group Azymuth and the DJ Muro, a stash of previously unreleased alternative mixes and studio outtakes pressed over 12 discs, plus a book revealing the album’s hidden story as “told by those who were there.”

Originally released by BBE on February 26, 2001, Welcome 2 Detroit served as Dilla’s inaugural solo album and the first project under the “J Dilla” moniker, a nickname given to him by Busta Rhymes. Featuring 16 tracks, the album introduced the Hip Hop audience to several Motor City artists, including a pre-Slum Village Elzhi and Phat Kat.

It also sparked the producer-led Beat Generation album series, which would later spawn classic albums by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, DJ Spinna, Marley Marl and even will.i.am.

As Dilla said at the time, “Peter [Adarkwah, founder of BBE] let me do whatever I wanted to do. So, I wanted to put people on there who are gonna spit y’know, lyrically and represent Detroit. Because I wouldn’t have been able to pull this album off if it came out under a major.

“Cos they’re not gonna let you just do a song or you can’t just do an instrumental. You gotta have this feature and you’re Jay Dee, why ain’t you got Erykah Badu? Why ain’t you got so and so on your album? I’d have had to go through all of that, instead of just putting out…y’know, Beej on this joint!”

While speaking to Variety about ELE 2, Busta Rhymes talked about keeping Dilla’s legacy alive, a promise Bus-A-Bus made to Jay Dee’s mother Ma Dukes.

“I vowed to his family, his mother and his memory to keep his name as part of the culture,” he said. “I will always incorporate J Dilla in any recording I do. I am fortunate enough to have an incredible stash of his music and beats that he personally left with me.”

The Welcome 2 Detroit 20th anniversary edition is expected to arrive on February 5, 2021. 

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California Man Tries To Bury His Wife Alive On Coronado Beach

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Cops arrested a man who attempted to bury his wife alive during a violent attack at a California beach Thursday night.

According to The New York Post, cops responded to a 911 call from the woman just before 9 p.m. She told the police that her husband had just tried to kill her on Coronado Beach.

Twenty-three-year-old Jose Luis Mares III was arrested for attacking his wife after the couple got into an argument that quickly escalated to violence while they were at the beach.

Cops told KSWB that Mares III originally tried to throw his wife out into the surf before bringing her to a lifeguard tower, where he tried burying her alive in the sand.

“She said there was a hole in the ground, and the hole had previously been there from probably kids digging it during the day,” Detective Ryan Brennan of the Coronado Police Department told the news outlet. “But during the struggle, she said he threw her in that hole when he began putting sand on top of her.”

The suspect kicked his wife repeatedly and then suddenly stopped and fled. That’s when the courageous woman ran toward Ocean Boulevard, where a passerby found her on the sidewalk and alerted authorities.




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O-T Fagbenle To Play Barack Obama In Reoccurring role on Showtimes

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In the upcoming Showtime anthology series “The First Lady,” O-T Fagbenle has been cast as President Barack Obama, in a recurring role.

Fagbenle will be starring alongside Viola Davis, who’s going to be playing First Lady Michelle Obama. The show is characterized as a re-framing of American leadership, told at the heart of the White House through the lens of women. Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, and Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford will all star in the first season.

Obama served as the United States’ first African American and 44th president from 2009 to 2017. Barack, a member of the Democratic Party, married Michelle Robinson in 1992 before becoming a senator for the state of Illinois in 2005.

Most recently, Fagenle starred as Luke Bankole in The Handmaid’s Tale, the critically acclaimed Hulu film. He will be seen in the Marvel movieBlack Widow” opposite Scarlett Johansson. He has a long television background, and he created, wrote, directed, composed, executive produced and starred in the original series “Maxxx” for Channel 4 and Hulu in April 2020. “The Five,” “The Interceptor,” “Looking,” “As If,” and “Doctor Who” are among his other credits.




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Fans Get First Look At New HBO Documentary ‘Tina’ Based On Iconic Singer’s Life And Career

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Fans are receiving the first look at HBO‘s documentary centered around the life and music career of iconic singer Tina Turner.

On Tuesday, HBO dropped the official trailer for the documentary “Tina.” According to People, the documentary will start at the beginning of her childhood. “My mother used to sit in the window of the kitchen when she was making dinner on Sundays. I used to just watch her. She was just so pretty,” the 81-year-old says in the trailer. “One day, she wasn’t in that window. She was never in it again,” said Tina referring to the moment her mother left her family to get away from the abusive relationship she had with Turner’s father.

“I wanted her to come for me. I waited, and she never did. And it’s alright — you know why?” she adds. “I’m a girl from a cotton field that pulled myself above the destruction and the mistakes. And I’m here for you.”

The documentary was directed by Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin, and Lightbox. In the description, the doc is described as a “revealing and intimate look at the life and career.” “Tina” will include interviews with Tina in her hometown of Zurich, Switzerland, along with new footage, audiotapes, and personal photos of the songstress.

Hollywood greats like Oprah Winfrey and Tina Turner – who played her in the hit film “What’s Love Got to Do with It” – will also be featured in the documentary. The doc will hit HBO on March 27.




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