Producer: J Dilla
Album: Welcome 2 Detroit
Never one to leave his homies behind, Dilla let Detroit's finest underground talent show and prove on his Welcome 2 Detroit album. Frequent Dilla collaborators Frank-N-Dank are probably the best examples of seizing the moment, as “Pause” is arguably the brightest spot on the album. The beat was years ahead of its time, with Dilla possibly crafting the first ever snap music track.
The drums and bass literally bubble from your speakers, with Dilla taking a minimalist approach to making a huge record. It was said that strip clubs were heavily influenced by the sound of Welcome 2 Detroit, as was clearly the case here. This record predates the sound that would shape the strip club soundtrack throughout the mid-aughts.