Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"It's Fantastic"

ManYEEEE, What a vacation (it's not over, the DJ just put eletric slide and I can slide like water does ice??!!!) So, where has John Q been? I don't know and I don't give a damn. All I know is that he said he miss the blogging masses like pancakes loves molassess (you know how it be getting all...)

Anywho, let's get back into the flow of things with a post for that will be great. Today's Guest hail from The "D." You Know, the place where if you even think about disrespect they will jump yous and leave on the corner standing in your birthday suit. Well this or just snatch goofy a*s chain *Says HI to Artist everyone likes to pick on (although, to be real, he brings lot of his issues on himself (Artisit says to officer "I am artisit, sir" and you wonder why SANGERS want to slap you)). Sorry for falling off the wagon, I just going to Blame it on th Ah-Ah-Ah-Alcohol (That video gets award of the year- Ron Howard in Ya crew??!!! Ring the *Super Punch-Out* Bell, it's over* Fool says *It never started* Q *RING THE BELL, SEE THAT'S WHY YOU CAUGHT L'S FROM LEFT AND RIGHT*).

Okay-like-Yesterday, I took care of these issues and no more outburst till the next sentence. SO GUESS WHO DROPPED BY Q's AREA, TODAY (See, what I said previously for explanation). They are a three man crew with a producer that left way before his time, but was still able to leave us with so many musical goods. Who is it I am... aw forget, it if you figure it out by now, you got issues (and this coming from John and Q). Hailing from Conant Garden, Detroit where the Slums are given props:

Slum Village
! (said In children and all the cats in the "D" voices). Their Backstory I will get into because, by now, you know the routine (or do you??? If not just dial "5" to speak a representative of Lyrics to Go and someone will get back to you at a later time). Slum Village was orginally comprised of T3, Baatin Washool Wajeed (full MC Name, for reals), and Jay Dee. Oh Jay Dee, what a vital role you would play to YOUR GROUP'S SUCCESS!!! These three cats went to the same high school and would usually hang out in the basement of, assuming with 99.9 percent confidence, I am not the friend (YESS!!, I want to thank the errrrbody and the you the viewer for watching our show).

OKay, but seriously, they would hang out a Jay Dee's basement and just freestyle to beats Jay would make for fun, you know. Then, they started to get light bulbs above their heads and, what do know, a group was born. I would say there group formed the day they heard Butter from A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory (Never heard of this album, well than I guess... TO HECK WITH YOU). Alright, getting back to the main show, Slum Village formed in 1992, and it took them forever to get noticed. But then a funny thing would happen. Jay Dee would....

Gain notice for the beats he made. To be pacific-like-a ocean-that-leans-west, Jay Dee would come to meet Amp Fiddler, and he would be blown away by the beats Jay would make with such simple material. He started to get Jay involved in the industry and eventually Jay would come to meet a gentlemen who go by the name, Q-Tip (said in Midnight Marauders voice). Tip just dug Jay's beats and Jay took the opportunity to try to push his group to Tip to spread the word about his crew. Tip dug the beats,buttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt did not really dig the lyricist (Funny, this type of criticism, could never stick with this group, could it??!!).

So Tip decided to take Jay under his wing and act like a psuedo-manager for him and invite to join the Tribe..... as producer in a new group with Ali Shaheed Muhammad (said in Midnight Marauders voice) that came to be known as the Ummah. How does this relate to SV (Nicknames are funKneeee), you ask? Simple, just let me get to the answer (I sorry, a cat just *sobs* just gets confused). Jay Dee, under the Ummah tent, would gain recognition (not proper, though (looks a Janet Jackson and her production team direction)) for his otherworldly production and would soon get to work with the likes of the Legendary Roots Crew, Erykah Badu, become best friends with Common, gets cool with D'Angelo, and flip apples like oranges (there is proof to people saying "J Dilla Changed My Life" claims).

Since Jay Dee gets some type of recognition for his talents, His group SV finally gets due with being able to put up an album to display their talents (isn't that all albums, you ask? yes, but a lot albums show a lack of said talent *OOOHH, OOOH*). Actually, SV did make an album of sorts that came to be known as "Fan-tas-tic, Vol. 1" and people went Bat-Sh.. crazy over it (well those who heard it, anyway) and the album caused a storm in the underground scene during the late 90's, only intensifying the demands for a proper release. Vol. 1 would not get a proper release until 2005 (MF a record company, for reals) and SV would attempt to reach the demands of the people with a follow-up to their demo album.

Fantastic, Vol. 2 (without the hyphens, WHYYY???? (Loved Kenan and Kel, but why one soars while the other watches (wow, that sounds cold like the weather in the Northeast of US today)) was released in 2000 (New Millinieum of... wait that was till the next year *sneaks out sentence in shame*). The album was met with praise for the flow of it and after the album... Jay parted ways with the group. They was still cool (which how most break-ups should be) and at least Vol. 2 was the swan song for this incarnation of the group (cause you know Baatin would leave and Elzhi (One of the best rappers you should have heard of by now) would come into the scene and today it remains this way, until.... Baatin would come back to join group on 2-Double-09 and they are thinking of adding Jay's younger brother, Illa J, to bring back those feelings the days when they could just chill and freestyle all day long (What a run-on, but who corrects grammar on blogs??).

Hmm... what an overview and I did not really discuss the album *Hi-Fives John and Q because this not possible without them*
Guy Fawkes: John you forgot about me??!!
John: What, How I am going to forget this Guy??!!
Guy Fawkes: Yeah, Just give me this MF Keyboard (grabs like it's 92 riots)
Guy Fawkes: Cool. John, you told your story, and now, I will tell mine (Mystery of Doom (skit) instrumental plays in background (Is this the only song that plays in background?))
(Why not just condense Guy's lines to one, instead of repeating his name twice, you ask? CAUSE IT'S JOHNS BLOG (Fat Albert and the Junkyard Gang cheer in the Back))

Here is Guy Fawkes' Review Intro:
How do you introduce Slum Village? That question has been bugging me for the last hour or so. They are a group like no other, that harbors influences from countless places. The group was spearheaded by arguably the greatest producer of all time. There aren't enough words to describe what J Dilla bought to Slum Village. Very rarely does a producer overshadow the other members of the group (Primo and Pete Rock are examples). Needless to say, Jay Dee is held in very high regard (partly because of his untimely passing, but also because of the amazing work he's done). Alongside Jay were Baatin and T3, less-known but still cornerstones of the group.
*Ten useless biographical sentences later*
And that's the story of Slum Village. Now it's time for Fantastic Vol.2, hit it!

1. Intro
John's Take
SIMPLE!!! This is all that comes to mind with this intro. I would have much preferred the intro from Vol. 1, but to each his own. You Know what, it amazes me the best lyrics would be found here (I Kid, I Kid). Um...Yeah (Do Like the Phife sample at the end, though).
Guy's Take
For once I can actually applaud the intro. Although it's kind of ignorant for me to assume that Slum Village would make an average rap album intro. I love the last 7 seconds of this track too.

2. Conant Gardens
John's Take
WELCOME TO THE "D"!!! Here we got SV kicking rhymes about where they hail from. The lyrics may hold your attention, or not, but the beat is little banging, so it got that going for it. WHAT the "F" is Baatin on spiting his rhymes. These are the lyrical styles the crew will progress with for the rest of this "FANTASTIC" journey, so please buckle up and keep hands and feet in the vehicle at all times or we will toss you ignorant a*s out. Thank you for corresponding.
Guy's Take
An ode to where the crew grew up. The title is anyway, the lyrics are more reminiscent of braggadocio hip-hop where they effortlessly ride the instrumental while kicking some dope rhymes.

3. I Don't Know (feat. DJ Jazzy Jeff)
John's Take
KICK IT!!! Jay provides a thumping backdrop for the crew to spit over and they spit over it (literally and figuratively). You kinda of the get the feeling they heard the beat and just stream of conscious it. Good to know Dee-Jay-from-Street Fighter (SFIV BANGS) Jazzy Jeff remove himself for waiting for the Fresh Prince to get back in touch with him after he was tossed out the mansion and provide a couple of scratches. Any Jazzy Jeff appearances gets you +1.
Guy's Take
I don't know why I wasted my time with this track. Baatin and T3 took a capable instrumental and turned it into a snoozer. Next!
(Sorta Agree)

4. Jealousy
John's Take
GETTIN THERE!!! Jay Dee provides good arena for the crew, with a phone dialing kinda of feel to the track (the outro only adds to this point) and they stay around the point of this track to provide decent lyrics. They entertain here and there with there insights on jealous fools and Jay's verse is pretty funny. All in all, not bad, but this track really sets you up for....
Guy's Take
Sounds like Jurassic 5 with the choppy flow and the subject matter. This song isn't going to change anyone's life, in fact I can't even imagine anyone remembering this song after hearing it. So, it was a delete for me.

5. Climax (Girl Sh*t)
John's Take
FINALLY!!! This is probably one the best songs Jay ever produced and the crew does a heck of job doing service to the track. The production mixes in Al B. Sure's "Nite and Day" with some Steve Miller Band "Fly Like An Eagle" space loop to give you an airy background to just dream about for the rest of your day (at least to me and Q). Jay lyrics comes straight out about what he is feening (who still uses this word) for with Baatin and T3 following suit. They do entertain with the verses and they actually fit the mood of the track. Trivia, for that a*s: The woman on the hook is Baatin lil sis. Thanks for playing "TRIVIA I DID NOT ASK FOR". I am you Host John H. Q and good night(Children's Story plays for outro to the show)!!!
Guy's Take
A very soft-spoken track, emitting the warmth only an average R&B tinged J Dilla track can bring. This track bears a very striking likeness to The Tribe Best Known As Quest. Although retaining the qualities that make Slum Village such a well-respected group.

6. Hold Tight (feat. Q-Tip)
Johns's Take
AMAZING!!! This is all that comes to mind when the track hits the eardrum. Only fitting that Q-Tip is on the track to accompany a phrase like that. The production, courtesy of Jay Dee, is just banging. How he flips KC and The Sunshine Band into this is beyond belief. What a backdrop provided for the MC's to operate in. They all do justice to the beat, although, I am in agreement with what Guy will hit up on about Q-Tip. Jay and Baatin verses stick out more from T3's, in me opinion, but the point of this song: Hold Tight. One of the funny notes about this song is Tip's verse can be interpreted as his own track #17 from Ready to Die. Just saying.....
*Sidenote: T3 kinda echoes the views I had about Tip's verse by saying:
I think Q-Tip wasn’t feelin' his whole situation at the time and when we went in to make that song that was waaaay unexpected. We went to New York and we was just going get a verse from him and he just surprised everyone with that. And you know man, that was a gift and a curse, more of a curse than a gift, ’cause niggas kept comparing us to Tribe Called Quest. And although we were affiliated and those were our people, our lyrical content was nothing like theirs. We always had a street edge, a metaphysical edge and the nigga-in-between edge. It was nothing like them, but when New York cats heard that, some frowned up real tough on us, and that kind of hurt us in a sense. If they never compared us to Tribe, I felt like things would have been a little smoother. And it was at that time, once Dilla put his heart and soul into Vol. 2, that’s when he decided he couldn’t deal with the whole Slum Village thing no more because he felt like he had too many demons around it.
Guy's Take
Another chill, mellow, laid-back track. Although it's somewhat of an aberration as all of Slum's tracks can be described as chill and mellow. This is one of the better Dilla instrumentals off the whole album, as such I would have preferred less features. Q-Tip's verse is nice, but it starts to trail off from there (said in a diminishing voice).

7. Tell Me (fea.t D'Angelo)
John's Take
FUNKY!!! This track has a eye to direction D'Angelo would take with his second album (BOTH HIS ALBUMS ARE CLASSICS). Jay provide as a funky backdrop for D just to croon over and he does service. Baatin hits up the track like he is spittin game with a cool verse and Jay and T3 bring their own flavor (Pause) to the track. This track is reminiscenet of the track to places back, and people, that be's a good thang (Talking slang like I am chairman of the RNC).
Guy's Take
I could do without the weak hook and the strange interlude-esque conversations at the end of the tracks. Once again this song starts off well, it even holds up well till about the halfway mark when the lyrics crash like a house of cards. This Dilla beat is something else though I tell you... Baatin and T3 should still be counting their blessings.
*JohnQ: Agree's whole-divided-by-half-heartedly

8. What's It All About (feat. Busta Rhymes)
John's Take
RADIO JAM!!! This song has that sort of throwback feeling and take that for what it is. The beat is something that could play in neighborhoods as kids play outside and people have fun in that summer mood. The sample for the track interests Q, but Jay Dee does his thing with bumping beat and the lyrics to do service. Although to be fair, The fact that Busta-bus has easily the best verse out of everyone does not bode well for said crew. Man, what was Baatin on recording his verse. Anyway, all in all, it's a RADIO JAM. Confused, here the song and you will hear (Sips cup of Kool-Aid while petting kitten in Dr. No manner while smiling).
Guy's Take
I wish I had something good to say about Busta's verse, or even as an artist in general (Arab Money? That's what your career has come to?). Alas, I'll leave that topic relatively untouched. Another dope beat, interesting sample for the hook, I was feeling this track all in all.

9. Forth and Back (feat. Kurupt)

John's Take

OKAY, BUT..!!!! This is not as good as the original. F-It, I say they should have left the the one that was recorded on Vol. 1, but things happen and NOOOOO, LEAVE FORTH AND BACK (FROM VOL. 1) ALLOOONE!!! This is not bad but just seems a little subded. Jay's beat is pretty cool but, the MC's do not take full advantage of the song. And seriously, was someone looking for them and they had to some whispering sh.. just so they would not be found out, but Kurupt recorded his verse another day would woul explain why he is the loudest cat (or Dogg, yeah) on the track. Fo reals, they could have done more with this!!!

Guy' Take

Nah, wasn't really feeling this one at all. Even the instrumental was pretty weak here. Next.

10. Untitled/Fantastic
John's Take
BEAUTIFUL SERENTIY THAT'S JUST FANTASTIC!!! What a beat. Jay must have been looking to the clouds one day and witness the beauty of the nature tha surrounded him and decide to makes what surrounded him heard. This beat has a tranquility that can't be touched and it is fitting in title. T3's verse is kinda of a throwaway, but Jay's, and espeically Baatin's, verses holds down fort for the track. These is no real message to the track, which make it great when you think about the lyricist themselves, and eventually leads to an interlude of the ride. How many people still aboard this journey??!!!
Guy's Take
And we're back on track. This song has always mystified me, something so ethereal about this instrumental, and for once I can one up the MC's. They did their thing on this here beat. Possibly the best song on the album, so you already know how I feel about it

11. Fall-N-Love
John's Take
LOVE TO HEED BY!!! This track has always intrigued me. Maybe it's the fact that Jay is on the hook or the fact the T3 brings probablyone of his best verses on this track for the album. Jay;s beat is has space for others to move around with and the message of the track is much needed for today. Preety Chill track, and that's all I got!!!
Guy's Take
I honestly prefer the last minute and a half to the beginning of the track. The musical backdrop is something amazing, and the hook is haunting. I don't know what the last 30 or so seconds were about, I'm sure they tied into this recurring plot at the end of every song, but it really detached from the track's overall value.
*John Q: Interesting Point-like-sunshine-of-view*

12. Get Dis Money
John's Take
COOOLL (Said In Cheetos Cheetah's Voice)!!!! This is one of the best tracks on the album. Jay flips Herbie Hancock's "Come Running To Me" and just creates a backdrop that is just for those days you jusy chilling out. Jay, T3, an Baatin lyrics don't really do justice to the track, but let's be real, the draw of this album is the beats and this beat, just hear and you will know that what I say is to get that money, money, money....
Sidenote: T3 said something interesting things about this track:
We would always hear stuff in progress, like for “Get Dis Money” there’s a lot of little intricate stuff in the background of that song that didn’t happen until the last two weeks before the album had to be turned in. A little singing here, a little sound effects and all that. The drum programming on “Get Dis Money” is a little off. Dilla didn’t like to use a metronome or whatever, so some would be slightly off beat, but on purpose. It’s just the way his ear was, crazy. What’s funny about “Get Dis Money” is that Baatin wrote three verses before we liked one, me and Dilla was being real hard on his rhyme. If you listen to Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Baatin don’t talk about the topic at all. It ended up being like we was doing it on purpose, but originally it was not on purpose. Dilla was more upset than anybody about staying on topic. I think our fans have grown to love that about Baatin, but at the time it was frustrating. He would just talk about anything. The song is about getting money and the pursuit of it, a real simple concept, and Baatin would just start talking bout his family and then go over here and over there…you ain’t know where he’s going! Even with three verses, Dilla still took out a part of his rhyme on the final version, Dilla kind of faded him out on the end of that song.
Guy's Take
Personally, I don't think anyone should ever spit over this instrumental. And when they do spit over this memento, it should be something more than: "Hey, hey/ What you say/ Get dis money"... Comparable to letting Lil' Wayne freestyle over I Used To Love H.E.R. It's not a bad track at all though. Just that you'd expect Slum Village to dig deep and find lyrics and a hook worthy of this instrumental.

13. Raise It Up
John's Take
RAAISSEEE IT UPPPPPP (AKA THE HULK'S WORKOUT SONG)!!!! What a peculiar song in general. For starters, the beat is just somethng you don't hear everyday with Jay flipping a Daft Punk song into this Wilding Out Joint. The verse from the MC's I guess have the MC's deciding to question the perceptions people hold of them. Disturbing hilariously verses from the SV crew over a just weird beat. Seems like something The Incredible Hulk would listen to before going to workout routine. Actaully, the Hulk told me "John, I just get down to this song and I need it before I SMASH UH... SMASH AND YOU KNOW WHAT, I really do not talk like that, but do it to keep up appearance fees, so where the party at and if I see a female I like, betty might need to make room in the reisdency (Hulk also took hard to the message of the Climax track (Go Figure)). The outro for this track leaves something to be desired, Damn why didn't they use that beat, The results could have been more something....
Guy's Take
Not really feeling any of it. Some hypocritical titles here!
*John Q: Isn't that the point the SV crew was trying make or are they just full-blown hypocrites???!!!*

14. Once A Upon A Time (feat. Pete Rock)
John's Take
DOPE!!!! This track is just a dope song to relax to . Jay Dee and Pete Rock hook up the beat that is reminicscent of Pete Rock & CL Smooth's "The Main Ingredient" with it's beach like vibes with the drums that can clap the ears. Nice use of Vocal samples throguhout the track and the MC's, Rock Included, do some service (was it volunteer) to the track. Reall,y one of the better tracks on the album.
Guy's Take
Pete Rock and Dilla together produce this beast of an instrumental. And the good folks over at Slum Village grace this track with some poignant lyricism. Thank you. And for once, the last part of the song isn't completely worthwhile-less.

15. Players
John's Take
MARVEL-AT-THIS-OUS!!! This here, ladies and G's-who-become-Gents, is a classic Slum Village track. SV spit some tough lyrics to cats who they feel need to put in their place and they are serious about what they say. Yet, the production of the track is what elevates to another level. See, the chorus, flipping the The Singer's Unlimited's "Claire", is just that. They never say Players in the song, but Dilla provides the illusion that they do (Guy touches up on this a little more later on). Man, This is the type of track that got Dilla his HOF Plaque in "Rap Producers Hall Of Fame. (True, True)."
Guy's Take
T3 actually did an interview with Fader, where he talked about this song. One of the things he mentioned is that the sample actually says Claire and not Players. But they say Players so much in the song, that's what you believe the sample is really saying. The song itself is amazing. A classic Slum Village cut. Also here's an quote about the motivation for the track:

People don’t know that was a battle song, only niggas in the D know that. We was actually talking ’bout some real niggas. We’re cool today, but it was actually (deceased rapper) Proof's group (5 Elementz). These niggas had just dropped they CD that Dilla did most of the beats for and they was just acting arrogant, walking around real tough and we got kind of offended by it. Once we started talking about it, Waajeed (from Platinum Pied Pipers) was like a hype man, like, “Man, they just put their shit out, where’s yours?” We went over to Dilla’s house and it was one a them nights where everything was clickin'. Two weeks later we came with Vol.1. They kind of inspired us by being so arrogant, so we made “Players” about them. They found out, I don’t know how…somebody told.

16. Eyes Up
John's Take
GROOVY FUNK!!! This is song is alright, but man the MC's could have done more with it on this track. Dilla provides a beat that seems like he took stright out of Blaxploitation flick (LOWOAH) and let's his crew dish rhymes over. It just feel as if there was more for this cats to do with this track, damn I had two quarters and I now I half-dollar-vibe for this track!!!
Guy's Take
After the song that preceded it, you're just expecting so much more than this insignificant babble. It's not a bad song, but Baatin and T3 are capable of so much more. Not bad, but definitely lackluster.

17. 2U4U
John's Take
NICE!!! This is one of those tracks that added to Jay's legend. See the sample he used for this track was D'Angelo's "Jonz In My Bonz" and D did not even realize it was hi own song until a couple of listens. He chops D's joint and creates a bouncy backdrop for him, and th rest of the crew, to so spit game over. I say that the orginal from Vol. 1 was slightly better and that was an instrumental (That came out wrong, this track is pretty good, but just hear the Vol. 1 track and his this and you will see what I am talking about).
Guy's Take
Slum Village's two lesser members ruin another good instrumental. They ain't sayin' nothing!
(Kinda Agree since it goes to the point I was making to the track *You were making a Point to a track, ewwww!!!*)

18. CB4
John's Take
OKAY???!!! Wow!!! You get the feeling that these cats were honry as some muthaf.... while making this track. Jay provides a cool backdrop, but what the heck are they spittin on. OH, you mean interfence in getting a Moinca Lewiniski, you say? Okay, then THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. It seems that this should have been a bouns track and the bonuse track should have been an actual track (Damn, Did I give away the review for the bonus track?).
Guy's Take
No Chris Rock references to be found here. The hook has me scratching my head quite a bit. Are they chanting or what? One of the strangest things I've ever heard on wax. Blow-job interference? Cock-blockers? Very clever.As for the song itself, it's not really anything worth hearing.
*John Q: Funny to read, Guy, Funny to read*

19. Go Ladies
John's Take
GO LADIES, GO LADIES!!! Thanks for surviving the previous track to reach us hear. This is nice ditty to kinda end the album on. Jay Dee provides another one of his otherworldy beats and the instrumental overtakes the MC's, but it's all good. I guess the SV has this as an ode to ladies with each spitting game or touch up on female and her anatomy (YEahsSs). Then we hit the outro (Which should have been used an beat on this track) and we are out, or are we??!!
Guy's Take
There's no rapping to be found here. Some incoherent babbling in the first verse, and it never really gets much better. Another lacking effort over a very capable instrumental.

20. Thelenious (feat. Common)
John's Take
BANG!!! Man, this track hits you coming and continues in it's attack until it decides to leave in the perplexed disposition as to what just happened. The beat is just great with a 70's feeling to it with banging drums and airy bakcdrop for the MC's, and guest, to spit on. Actually, some of the best lines from the album are here with Jay and Common spiting hot fire like DYLON on Chappelle Show (why did you leave us???). All, in all, just a banging track and hope you had fun on this Fantastic Journey, Until the next, Peace Out, Homies.
Guy's Take
Ironically, Slum Village treats listeners to a top-quality send off. Superior to most of the album
and definitely a song you should check out.

Final Thoughts:
John's Take
Slum Village are an engima in Hip-Hop's-It's-Complicated-Universe. They are not the greatest MC's you will hear (or even averageyest at times). Yet, the beats on the album are some of the best you may ever hear. Even with that said, I will say that Fantastic Vols. ! & 2 are classics (meet me in an alley for disagreements about me statement) and credit for this is due mainly to Jay Dee aka J Dilla. Dilla marked his terrority with this, and other albums, he created through his lifetime. Sad that is is 3 years to his passing, but hopefully cats do there best in keeping his memory alive and it is good to see SV doing ther thing not only for themselves, but for Jay and Detroit as a whole. And in the end, this is the aim the crew from the outset of there careers, so at leeast they could obtain that goal.
Guy's Take
It's hard to really pass judgement on this album. Although the lyrical content was terrible (sorry John), the instrumentals were top-notch. This album reminded me of Group Home's Livin Proof'. Then again Slum Village was never known as amazing lyricists and Jay Dee, in fact most hip hop fans would be hard-pressed to name Baatin and T3 as the other members. So I can't say much about this album on a lyrical level, but an instrumental version of this album would be very well worth your time.
*Sidenote: Check-Out Questlove's review of this Album at Okayplayer. It is read, indeed.*

So without further ado, Slum Village's Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 2:

Mediafire Link (courtesy of Hot Hip Albums)


Amazon Link (Dig the sounds, Support what you like, cause it goes a long way)

A Little Sum-Something to Go Along With That:

Slum Village - Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol. 1 [Original Samples]:

Link Location


Slum Village - Fantastic, Vol. 2 [Original Samples]:

Link Location (Links Courtesy of L2G (For Vol. 1) and Kevin Nottingham (For Vol. 1 &2). Thanks to Kev for putting up the sets. Drop by his blog, it is Fresh (enough outdated slang)).

Slum Village - B-Sides, Rarities, and Other Ish from the Whole Recording Process Up Til Proper Album Release


80 Tracks + Beat Tape = R-YU-HADOKEN-diculous

Click Link to View Full List (Track #56 should be titled "Audiotrack #6")


Megaupload Link (for the actual set of music)

*Tracks with Bold In Parenthesis are in order they appear off the unreleased projects that accumulated over the years.*

(Courtesy of Lyrics to Go. This took forever to put together with pain-staking thought put into packaging this set. So appreciate this drop and try not to put the link on other website without giving credit where credit is due)

So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those
cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If word is Right
Then Hold Tight

(Don't know when I'm going to come back, this post took a lot out of me. Might Drink "G"(still does not what the remotely even means)).

Please Leave a Comment (You Know I would appreciate that so much (it helps build blogging self-esteem)).

(R.I.P. Jay Dee AKA J Dilla. We miss you and you, like your music, is forever)


Dart Adams said...

Fantastic! © Slum Village

Ya done did it again, John.


Passion of the Weiss said...

As usual, I concur with Dart Adams. Nice work.

goodblahgood said...

nice post! keep it on.

Travis said...

Nice write up, very nice indeed!

Guy Fawkes said...

Can't agree more props John.

Mikey McFly™ said...

Niiiiiice!!!!! great job

Anonymous said...

On Point!!! Dilla's time came too soon and a lot of his beats are being targeted by his "estate" on the blogspots so you can't even get the unreleased shit so this was a real find! Keep up the good work and keep the real hip hop alive!!!

Anonymous said...

Fresh Article. Fantastic 2 is a classic album regardless if not all tracks were BANGIN!

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