Slum Village

Slum Village

Biography

Slum Village is a hip hop group from Conant Gardens, Detroit, Michigan. The group was formed by three members: rappers Baatin (d. 31 July 2009) and T3, plus rapper and producer J Dilla (1974–2006). J Dilla left in 2002 to pursue a solo career with MCA Records. Elzhi joined in his absence, after which Baatin also left due to health complications.

Baatin, T3, and J Dilla grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit and attended Pershing High School. The group steadily became popular in Detroit's underground hip hop scene. J Dilla also became a member of the production team known as The Ummah, which produced the two last A Tribe Called Quest studio albums, as well as hits for a number of R&B and hip hop musicians. Slum Village's first album, 1996's "Fantastic, Vol. 1", was not officially released until 2005 but highly sought after in underground circles. In 1998, the group opened for another hip hop trio, the above-mentioned A Tribe Called Quest, on their farewell tour. Originally signed to the now defunct A&M record label, the group was forced to postpone the release of their official debut album due to label politics, but in June 2000 they released "Fantastic, Vol. 2" on GoodVibe Recordings. Also that year they released an album called "Best Kept Secret", under the alias J-88, which featured remixes and leftover material from "Fantastic, Vol. 1".

For the 2002 release of "Trinity (Past, Present and Future)" on Barak/Capitol Records, T3 brought in Elzhi to join the group as J Dilla left to focus on his solo career. The album was a moderate success and contained the single "Tainted", produced by Karriem Riggins and featuring Dwele. Also in 2002, "Dirty District", a compilation of songs by Detroit rappers largely produced by T3 and "RJ" Rice, was released. The group then became a duo consisting of T3 and Elzhi, when Baatin became sick touring in France shortly before the release of their 2004 album, "Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit)" and departed to seek treatment. The album included the hit single, "Selfish", produced by Kanye West and featuring John Legend. The song samples a part of the intro to the hit song "Call Me" by Aretha Franklin. After parting ways with Capitol Records in 2005, they released "Prequel to a Classic", a mixtape of mostly previously unreleased material, followed by a self-titled release in October of the same year. "Villa Manifesto" was released under Ne'Astra Music Group on July 27, 2010, featuring Baatin.

Discography

J-88 - Best Kept Secret

J-88 - Best Kept Secret

Groove Attack Productions 2000
Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2

Slum Village - Fantastic, Vol. 2

Good Vibe Recordings 2000
Slum Village - Trinity (Past, Present And Future)

Slum Village - Trinity (Past, Present And Future)

Capitol Records 2002
Slum Village - Detroit Deli (A Taste Of Detroit)

Slum Village - Detroit Deli (A Taste Of Detroit)

Capitol Records 2004
Slum Village - Slum Village

Slum Village - Slum Village

Barak Records 2005
Slum Village - Mix Tape: Prequel To A Classic

Slum Village - Mix Tape: Prequel To A Classic

Barak Entertainment 2005
Slum Village - Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1

Slum Village - Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1

Donut Boy Recordings 2006
Slum Village - Sex

Slum Village - Sex

Barak Entertainment 2007
Slum Village - Dirty District

Slum Village - Dirty District

Ne'Astra Music 2009
Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2.10

Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2.10

Barak Records 2010
Slum Village - Villa Manifesto EP

Slum Village - Villa Manifesto EP

Barak Records 2010
Slum Village - Villa Manifesto

Slum Village - Villa Manifesto

Ne'Astra Music Group 2010
Slum Village - Evolution

Slum Village - Evolution

Ne'Astra Music Group, Traffic Entertainment Group 2013
Slum Village - Vintage

Slum Village - Vintage

Ne'Astra Music 2014
Slum Village - YES

Slum Village - YES

Ne'Astra Music 2015
Slum Village - Slum Village, Vol. 0

Slum Village - Slum Village, Vol. 0

Ne'Astra Music 2016

Guest Appearances

Common - Like Water For Chocolate
  • Thelonius

Common - Like Water For Chocolate

MCA Records 2000
Bahamadia - BB Queen
  • One-4-Teen (Funky For You)

Bahamadia - BB Queen

Good Vibe Recordings 2000
Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology
  • L.T.A.H.

Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology

Rawkus Records 2001
Dwele - Subject
  • A.N.G.E.L. (Reprise)

Dwele - Subject

Virgin Records America 2003
Calvin Richardson - 2:35 PM
  • You Got Me High

Calvin Richardson - 2:35 PM

Hollywood Records 2003
Pete Rock - Soul Survivor II
  • Da Villa

Pete Rock - Soul Survivor II

Rapster Records 2004
Phat Kat - The Undeniable
  • Wolfz

Phat Kat - The Undeniable

Barak Records 2004
Elzhi - Witness My Growth
  • Say How I Feel (Slum Village Remix)

Elzhi - Witness My Growth

Libido Sounds 2004
Dwele - Some Kinda...
  • Keep On

Dwele - Some Kinda...

Virgin Records America 2005
Exile - Dirty Science
  • Time Has Come

Exile - Dirty Science

Sound In Color 2006
Black Milk - Popular Demand
  • Action

Black Milk - Popular Demand

Fat Beats 2007
Statik Selektah - Spell My Name Right
  • Got Me Goin' (Hip Hop)

Statik Selektah - Spell My Name Right

ShowOff Records, Brick Records 2007
Dwele - Sketches Of A Man
  • Brandi

Dwele - Sketches Of A Man

Koch Records 2008
Pryslezz - Death Of A Man: Rebirth Of A King
  • Find A Way

Pryslezz - Death Of A Man: Rebirth Of A King

Lightyear Entertainment 2009
JR & PH7 - Waiting For The Good Life
  • How We Do It

JR & PH7 - Waiting For The Good Life

Soulspazm Records 2012

Compilations

DJ Butter ‎- Kill The DJ
  • Players

DJ Butter ‎- Kill The DJ

Crazy Noise Productions 2000
Kiss Of The Dragon (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
  • Aerodynamic (Slum Village Remix)

Various - Kiss Of The Dragon (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)

Immortal Records, Virgin 2001
National Vinyl Association: Straight From The Crates Vol. 1
  • Da Slum

Various - National Vinyl Association: Straight From The Crates Vol. 1

Avatar 2003
The Beat Generation
  • Are You Ready

Various - The Beat Generation

Rapster Records 2004
Young RJ - Dirty District 3
  • Special Slum Village Mix

Various - Dirty District Vol. 3: Hosted By Brucie B.

Barak Entertainment 2006
Various - Big Proof & Iron Fist Records Presents Hand 2 Hand: The Official Mixtape Instruction Manual
  • Ez Up Remix

Various - Big Proof & Iron Fist Records Presents Hand 2 Hand: The Official Mixtape Instruction Manual

Iron Fist Records 2006
Dillanthology Vol. 1: Dilla's Productions For Various Artists
  • Fall In Love

Various - Dillanthology 1: Dilla's Productions For Various Artists

Rapster Records 2009
Dillanthology 2: Dilla's Remixes For Various Artists
  • Fall In Love (Jay Dee Remix)

Various - Dillanthology 2: Dilla's Remixes For Various Artists

Rapster Records 2009
Dillanthology: Dilla's Best
  • Fall In Love (Jay Dee Remix)

Various - Dillanthology: Dilla's Best

Rapster Records 2009