Producer: J Dilla
Album: Welcome 2 Detroit
No matter how big Jay Dee got, or how high profile his collaborators became, Dilla always had love for his homies from the D. His debut solo project, Welcome 2 Detroit, found Dilla reaching back to his home town, and creating a breeding ground for the bubbling talent in the 313.
On “Featuring Phat Kat,” Dilla enlisted the help of his long-time road dog, and 1st Down (Dilla's group prior to Slum Village) groupmate Phat Kit, who tore Rufus Thomas's “Do the Funky Penguin” sample to shreds. Kat, who snuck in and out of the track, crafted the perfect dedication to Rock City, which sounded like the audio version of a cold Michigan night.