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Slum Village

Rising from the rugged streets and rich musical tapestry of Detroit, Slum Village were poised to carry on the old-school, funk, and soul-filled hip-hop torch of genre pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and the Pharcyde. Growing up in the Conant Garden neighborhood of Detroit and forming during high school at Detroit's Pershing High School, MCs Baatin, Jay Dee, and T3 quickly garnered praise and recognition in the local underground scene. In the mid-'90s, Jay Dee became part of the hip-hop elite as a member of the Ummah, the production team responsible for multiple hits by Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo, the Pharcyde, De La Soul, and Common, as well as remixes for Janet Jackson and Brand New Heavies. In 1998, Slum Village gained further recognition as an opening act for A Tribe Called Quest's farewell tour. Two years later, after some record-industry politics, the group released Fantastic, Vol. 2, an album featuring appearances from D'Angelo, Q-Tip, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. For fans with an ear to the underground and a few questions concerning the whereabouts of Fantastic, Vol. 1, the trio assumed an alias (J-88) to release Best Kept Secret.

Two more years went by before the group was heard from again, but "Tainted" broke the silence in the summer of 2002 to become a growing hit on MTV2. The album that followed, Trinity (Past, Present and Future), boasted fewer guest appearances and a well-rounded combination of the first album's rough-and-tumble productions with the second album's soulful vibe. The record also featured Jay Dee in a reduced role, with new member Elzhi picking up the slack. Later that year, Slum Village released Dirty District, a compilation of Detroit MCs produced by T3 and compatriot RJ Rice. By the time recording began for their fourth proper album, Baatin was gone from the lineup, a victim of schizophrenia that briefly incapacitated him (he later mounted a solo career). T3 and Elzhi picked up the slack by inviting high-profile guests including Dirt McGirt and Kanye West, and Capitol released the results, Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit), in June 2004. A year later, Slum Village were off the label, making the move back to the independent Barak. The mixtape Prequel to a Classic announced the impending September 2005 release of the duo's self-titled full-length. Within the next four years, the duo was dealt a pair of serious personal blows when both Jay Dee and Baatin passed away, but they persevered and released Villa Manifesto in 2010.

Elzhi left the group late that year, leaving T3, new recruit Young RJ, and Jay Dee's younger brother Illa J as the group's lineup for 2013's aptly titled album Evolution. Illa J left before the release of 2015's Yes!, but the album did feature a set of posthumous productions from his older brother. ~ Brian Musich
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: YES (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Love Is (Feat. Bilal & Illa J)

3. Tear It Down (Feat. Jon Connor)

4. Expressive (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid & Illa J)

5. Push It Along (Feat. Phife Dawg)

6. Windows (Feat. J Ivy)

7. Yes Yes Remix

8. Right Back (Feat. De La Soul)

9. We On The Go!!! (Feat. Black Milk & Frank Nitt)

10. Too Much (Feat. Keely)

11. Where We Come From

12. What We Have (Feat. Kam Corvet & Illa J)

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Track List: Villa Manifesto (Explicit)

1. Bare Witness

2. Lock It Down

3. Scheming

4. Earl Flinn

5. Faster

6. 2000 Beyond

7. Dance

8. Don't Fight The Feeling

9. Um Um

10. The Set Up

11. The Reunion Pt. 2

12. Where Do We Go From Here

13. We'll Show You

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Track List: Slum Village (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Giant

2. Set It

3. Can I Be Me

4. Call Me

5. 05

6. 1,2

7. Multiply

8. 1-800-S-L-U-M

9. Hear This

10. Def Do Us

11. Hell Naw!

12. Ez Up

13. Fantastic

Disc 2
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Track List: Detroit Deli (In Taste Of Detroit) (Explicit)

1. Zoom

2. Do You

4. Late 80's Skit

5. Selfish

7. Old Girl / Shining Star

8. Keep Holding On

9. It's On

10. The Hours

11. Things We Do

13. Reunion

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Track List: Trinity (Past, Present And Future)

1. Intro 1

2. Intro 2

3. Insane

4. What Is This

5. Tainted

6. La La

7. All-Ta-Ment

8. Disco

9. Trinity (Interlude)

10. One

11. Hoes

14. Slumber

15. Let's

16. S.O.U.L.

17. 80's Skit

18. Unisex

19. Love U Hate

20. Get Live

21. Harmony

22. Who Are We (Interlude)

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Track List: Fantastic, Vol.2 (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Conant Gardens

3. I Don't Know (feat. Jazzy Jeff)

4. Jealousy

5. Climax (Girl Sh**)

6. Hold Tight (feat. Q-Tip)

7. Tell Me (feat. D'Angelo)

9. Forth And Back (feat. Kurupt)

10. Untitled / Fantastic

11. Get Dis Money

12. Raise It Up

13. Once Upon A Time (feat. Pete Rock)

14. Players

15. Eyes Up

16. 2U4U

17. CB4

18. Go Ladies

19. Thelonious (feat. Common)

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Track List: Fantastic, Vol. 2

1. Intro

2. Conant Gardens

3. I Don't Know

4. Jealousy

5. Climax (Girl Sh**)

6. Hold Tight

7. Tell Me

8. What It's All About

9. Forth And Back

10. Untitled / Fantastic

11. Get Dis Money

12. Raise It Up

13. Once Upon A Time

14. Players

15. Eyes Up

16. 2u4u

17. Cb4

18. Go Ladies

19. Thelonious

20. Who Are We

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Track List: Fan-Tas-Tic Vol 1 (Explicit)

1. Fantastic

2. Keep It On (This Beat)

3. I Don't Know

4. How We Bullshit

5. Fat Cat Song

6. The Look Of Love

7. Estimate

8. Hoc N Pucky

9. Beej N Dem

10. Pregnant (T3)

11. Forth & Back (Rock Music)

12. Fantastic 2

13. Fantastic 3

14. Keep It On

15. 5 Ela (Remix)

16. Give This N**ga

17. Players

18. Look Of Love (Remix)

19. Pregnant (Baatin)

20. Things U Do (Remix)

21. Fat Cat (Remix)

22. Fantastic 4

23. What's Love Gotta Do With It (Look Of Love Remix)

24. 2 You 4 You

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Track List: B Sides

1. The Look Of Love, Pt. 2

2. Cloud 9

5. Da Night

6. My Life

8. I Like It Like That

9. The Worlds Full Of Sadness

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Track List: Dirty Slums

1. God Sent

2. Music

3. Hunger

4. Church

5. Fresh

6. Turnin' Me Off

7. Special

8. Dream Team

9. They Say (Remix)

10. The Hard Way

11. They Don't Know

12. Mortal Kombat

13. Story

14. We Got This

15. Da Essence

16. Reppin'

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Track List: Dirty Slums 2

1. The World Is Yours

2. And We Go

3. Decadence

4. Riot

5. Gangster B**ch

6. Greatness

7. Hustle

8. Straight From The Vil

9. Nightmares (No Mas)

10. Look At Yo Face

11. How It Feel

12. What You Want

13. We Gone

14. Un Fuc Witable

15. Exodus

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Track List: Evolution

1. Braveheart

2. Rock Rock

3. Let It Go

4. Forever

5. Scared Money

6. Summer Breeze

7. The Line

8. Hustle

9. Bout That

10. 1 Nite

11. Greatness

12. Riot

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Track List: Expressive (Single)

4. Expressive (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid & Illa J)

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Track List: Fantastic Vol. 2.10

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Track List: Push It Along (Single)

5. Push It Along (Feat. Phife Dawg)

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Track List: Vintage

1. Yes Yes (Remix)

2. We On The Go!!! (Feat. Black Milk & Frank Nitt)

3. We On (Feat. Kam Corvet)

4. Yes Yes

5. Yes Yes (Instrumental Version)

6. We On The Go!!! (Instrumental Version)

7. We On (Instrumental Version)

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Track List: Yes Yes (Single)

1. Yes Yes

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Wow ! That music is deep ......
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tierrabartow 1
Detroit my home
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But me baby..
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Love Slum Village....
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RIP Dilla :) Never be another..... . .
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Classic
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Don't sell ur self to fall in love
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ciscogonzale z 0 0
chance the rapper sampled this beat with Brain Cells
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One of my favorite all time songs.. still gives me the chills like it's the first time I've heard it.
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1220amy
Nice beat
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Genius J Dilla, great group Slum Village..
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Jay dilla RIP
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nblades10is
Chance the rapper sampled this beat. dope song
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tylererickso n 4
fyi this is the instrumental from Go Ladies, and not Hustle.
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Chill beat
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Dope song ������
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Cooling beats
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flykid1987
Maaaaaan this ish right here I remember the first time I heard this sond they was passing it out downtown los angeles at the 100.3 the beat function
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Smooth gangster rap Eugene Guss Cali forever
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How this type of rap takes back seat to gangsta rap commercially is a real shame!! We have lost a generation to really bad rap with absolutely no imagination or creativity.. .
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Brings tears to my very soul
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RiP Baatin .
For sure Music is a good way to keep spirit alive !
Peace
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colemantange l a
I'm calling ... Out to...
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INFINITE TALENT!!!!!! H O M A G E AND RESPECT ETERNALLY PAID!!!!!! BEATMASTER F2X! I'M GONE!!!!!!!!
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Slum village, is one of the coldest hip hop group's of all time ...... I met the group in 98 and it was one of the high points of my life and they was so f**king cool & jay dee was funny as hell also . just good guys all around. R .I . P .... J Dilla and Baatin..
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This joint NEVER gets old!! Dilla G.O.A.T
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DOPE... RIP Dilla Dawg.
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Rest in Beats J. Dilla & Baatin. Two of the greatest Mc's will be missed.
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RIP Dilla.
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S**ts Fire! Feat Kanye
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ok? deez hoes wonna play games like ps3 sho nuff gotcha legz wide opin like a wide receiver don bebe key play maker take a hit how many licks II get II tha tootsie pop
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skinny 1 outta dah litter bringin' dah pain like method man earn my geto strips lika soulja i thought i told ya dirty south louisiana so booted rooted up outta lafayette II dah long st*r state small town orange, tx. escape II big city houston, tx.
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wiplashes from neck jerkin' II dem detroit boyz loosen my marbles if i wus going coo coo fo coco puffs
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#TRUTH
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This song is bad a**
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While of course, from the first sound I heard from this under-apprec i a t e d bunch, there was instant adoration; there is no forgetting how the name threw me, and today it may just be so that my life perspective has changed for the single fact. Glad to have discovered a bit more about why, reading the notation, by Brian Music, Rovi.
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Barington Levy!!!!
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Me from 17-29
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Tainted, G.Baby so feel do something baby. WOW
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S**t raw !!!
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Bangin ear candy, headnotic hypnotic
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WHAT UP DOE !..... TO THE (D)
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This is not fake apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be asked out or kissed if you break this chain you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will either say I love your or I'm sorry.
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I Love 5 ELA!!! Dope & relevant music...all classics. Listen, learn, elevate.
#Global Warming:2022
#Starfleet #Shine on
#313
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R.I.P Dilla and Baatin!! Legends!!!!!
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So dope...
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MUCH ♥ TO THE D
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KANYE WENT IN ON THIS
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Luv it!!!
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From Detroit to the Whole Wide World with LOVE! Joy Rd signing off! Rest in Peace J Dilla and Baatin! Shoutout to the Neighborhood homie Elzhi!!!! Joy Rd! Classic Hip Hop! Timeless!
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