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After being released by their previous label, the debut from Slum Village (Jay Dee, T3, and Baatin) had been collecting dust for over a year. The trio of Detroit natives witnessed a renaissance for the album in underground hip-hop circles, as critical praise of the LP (Fantastic, Vol. 1) by the Roots and D'Angelo paved the way for it to become one of the most heavily bootlegged albums in recent years. Even though Fantastic has been given the seal of approval by those highly influential artists, the man most responsible for this LP's resurrection is group member Jay Dee. Due to his work with A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Macy Gray, and a solo Q-Tip, Jay Dee's stock rose considerably, and he became one of this industry's most sought-after beat technicians. With Fantastic, Vol. 2, Jay Dee consistently demonstrates what all of the fuss is about, as his hypnotic instrumentals range from the straight soul of "Tell Me" featuring D'Angelo to the sublime keyboard grooves of "Fall in Love" and the quirky "Hold Tight," which features a pouty Q-Tip. Yet, even with all of Jay Dee's wonderfully melodious production, Fantastic, Vol. 2 is more of an enigma then it is a triumph. While Jay Dee exudes diversity behind the boards, he and the rest of his Slum Village mates are trivial MCs, slapping together a host of inept rhymes which are ripe with misogynistic overtones. [This edition of the album includes the bonus track "Who We Are."]

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Formed: 1996 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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