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Chances are, if you are anywhere near the Detroit music scene, you have
heard of the influential hip hop trio that makes up Slum Village. The group
was founded in the early 90’s by 3 childhood friends: Baatin, T3, rapper
and producer J Dilla, who all grew up together in the Conant Gardens
neighborhood of Detroit, MI. After leaving Pershing High School, the trio
began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and
quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally
went by the name Ssenepod.
In 1991 changed their name to Slum Village, recording their first album
Vol. 1″ , recorded in Dillas basement and RJ Rice Studios, it was
critically acclaimed in the Detroit underground scene. It later found its
way into the hands of A Tribe Called Quest’s own Q-Tip, who played it for
some of hip hop’s elite, such as Busta Rhymes, Questlove, and D’angelo.
Slum Village landed their first record deal in 1998 with Barak/AM records.
Due to label politics, the group was forced to release their album “Best
Kept Secret” under the alias J-88,. Their now classic record, “Fantastic,
Vol. 2” was also in production, but was not officially released until 2000
through Barak Records, dubbed an immediate classic from fans and industry
tastemakers. This album featured an A list line up including Busta Rhymes,
Common, D’angelo, Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Kurupt, and Q-Tip who passed the
torch to Slum Village on the record “Hold Tight”.
In 2001, J Dilla made the decision to leave the group to pursue his solo
career, but still hung around helping *Young RJ* with production. Baatin
and T3 started work on their next album “Trinity” through Barak/Capital
Records, featuring Elzhi on 6 of the tracks. This album would feature their
first commercial single “Tainted” which ft an unknown Dwele, also disco and
the remix produced by Timberland.
In 2002, “Dirty District”, a compilation of songs by Detroit rappers
largely produced by T3 and Young RJ, was released.
2004 album, “Detroit Deli” (A Taste of Detroit), the album included the hit
single “Selfish” produced by Kanye West, featuring John Legend.
2005, the release of “Prequel To a Classic”, a mix tape with production
from Young RJ and Black Milk.
In 2009, Slum started production on their next album, “Villa Manifesto”
In 2010, the album “Villa Manifesto” was released under Ne’astra/Koch
Records, featuring the late Baatin. By that time Elzhi had decided to move
on and focus on pursuing his own solo career.
2011/2012 Slum Village new mixtape “Dirty Slums Vol. 1 & Vol. 2” presented
by DJ Mick Boogie featuring artist such as Rapper Big Pooh, De La Soul,
Focus, Skyzoo, Phonte, and Fife, having over 100,000 downloads.
2013/2014 “B-Sides” and Vintage albums were released.
2015/2016 “YES” was released, produced by Jay Dee a.k.a. J. Dilla and Young
2018 Slum’s new release titled “Lost Scrolls Vol. 2” is slated for release
April 20, 2018
Containing lost music and mixed from their critically acclaimed album
“Fantastic Vol. 2”, performed by the original Trio.
Slum Village continues their journey with invigorated energy as T3 and
Grammy nominated producer Young RJ hold the legacy.
Touring National and Internationally with rave reviews.