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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Slum Village Special

When Slum Village emerged in the late 1990s, the highly regarded Detroit trio of T3, Baatin and Jay Dee made a startling admission: their group was a liquid association with members coming and going during the group's evolution. True to their word, Slum Village has already gone through a number of line-up changes.

After releasing Fantastic Volume One independently, Slum Village became one of hip-hop's hottest groups. While working on Fantastic, vol. 2, they were joined in the studio by such luminaries as D'Angelo, Busta Rhymes, Kurupt, Pete Rock and A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip, among others. The resulting album became an underground classic with singles like Climax and Raise It Up and Slum Village was seen as the second coming of the Native Tongues (A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul) by member Q-Tip, as well as fans and journalists alike.

Jay Dee left the group after Fantastic, vol. 2 in order to work on his solo career, but Slum Village pressed on, releasing in 2002 the Dirty District mix tape and later that year its third album and first with new member Elzhi, Trinity (Past, Present & Future). Many fans looked at rapper-producer Jay Dee as the group's backbone, but Trinity proved that Slum Village could provide without its sonic architect, as that album's single Tainted became the group's biggest hit. Throughout the changes, Slum Village's musical mission has remained constant: to deliver soul-stirring sonics that represent Detroit to the fullest.

With Detroit Deli, Slum Village took their subject to a deeper level. Songs such as Keep Holding On, Old Girl/Shining Star and The Reunion featuring Jay Dee, signal Slum Village's evolution; they mark the first time the group has let listeners in on their personal feelings. "I don't think people really know us and we never really touched on our emotions like that," T3 says. "We wanted to bring some realness, besides just the soul music. Elzhi, as a guy that saw Slum Village on the outside, he brought it to my attention that we never touched on serious topics and that we should try to touch on them more. I was with that and I have a lot to say, so why not?"
But don't get it confused. Their known for combination of sex, women and soul continues when they team up with Chicago's Kanye West on the lead single Selfish, a sly, piano-driven song where T3, Elzhi and West rap about their desire to have a monopoly with women.

Their latest album, selftitled Slum Village, takes us on journey on a higher level then their last 2 releases. The album features production by B.R. Gunna, Young RJ and Black Milk whose album Dirty District Vol. 2 (2004) reached #55 on the Billboard Charts. It's like they talked to their producers asking them to step their game up, and the producers answered "As long as you step your game up too!". Nice beats and sharp lyrics; what more can you ask for? Slum Villa definitely proved to the doubters that they can do it without Jay Dee and can do it well. Track like Can I Be Me, Call Me and 05 and the first single EZ Up, will definitly make the critics love them again. With the addition of new producers the future is looking bright for the Detroit legends that have been underground so long. Hopefully, but very doubtful, the artists will receive the recognition and sales they deserve.

But... I wouldn't mind seeing Dilla produce an entire Slum album. Will it ever happen?


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