In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Beat Generaton series, BBE is releasing The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Collection, a compilation disc that will feature tracks by Jay Dilla (as Jay Dee), DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Madlib and will.i.am, among others. The project will release on March 29.

The Beat Generation series has been significant in its work with a diverse group of talent. Dilla, Jazzy Jeff and others were able to work magic under the series and their work continues to inspire many around the world. 

In 2002, Jazzy Jeff spoke to HipHopDX about what The Beat Generation allowed him to do.

“Just the idea of somebody giving you the creative freedom, and that’s one of the reasons I didn’t go first or second or third in this series. When someone gives you that kind of freedom, what [the] hell am I gonna do with this kind of freedom when no one has ever given it to me? It wasn’t until Jay Dee kind of did his (Welcome 2 Detroit), he set the tone for everybody like, ‘Okay, I see where he’s going…oh man, he’s going for some hardcore Hip Hop… It’s not about doing a genre of music, it’s about letting you know what makes you up as a producer. How fucked up is it that a little, tiny label out of London gives you this type of freedom, and Sony don’t? The hard thing is, once you start doing records like that, you kind of ask yourself, ‘How can I go back to doing anything else?’ “