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Editors’ Notes

Finished in 1998, unreleased until 2000, and featuring reworked material that dates back to the trio’s earliest years, Fantastic Vol. 2 is practically a retrospective of Slum Village’s career. After producer Jay Dee started working with A Tribe Called Quest, the hip-hop press was anxious to label this Detroit trio the second coming of Tribe. In truth, it was something much more interesting. At a time when hip-hop was obsessed with singles, Slum Village was all about song sketches. At a time when the public demanded bombast from its artists, Slum Village embodied introversion and intimacy. At a time when shiny music was in fashion, Slum Village made songs cloaked in the dirt and dark mystery of Detroit. Fantastic Vol. 2 has indelible beats and stellar raps, but beyond that, it's more than anything a master class in mood. The song structures are often faint, but had the group worked these sketches into conventional singles they'd lose the ghostly, sexy, understated vibe that is this album’s essence. “Players,” “Tell Me," and “Untitled/Fantastic” have all since become underground classics.

Customer Reviews

Finally this album is on ITunes!!

This album made me understand why we try to find old songs we just can't get out of our HEADS?? I have had Raise It Up stuck in my brain since 2000. Thank You Itunes!!!!! Thelonious too, "Numbers Crook't, Look Like King Kong Shook It. You Funny Dude When You Think You Can Run Me When You Roll A 500 Thats Really A 320!!" We love you Jazzy-Jeff!!! DG

Get Dis Money

Thank you iTunes so much for getting this album! Detroit all the way!

Slum Village's Best

This album is an instant hip hop classic! From J Dilla's beats, to Baatins and T3's rhymes, you must have this CD in your collection. Songs like Climax, Get Dis Money and Players are timeless & really show the legend that was J Dilla.


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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