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Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol. 1

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Fan-Tas-Stic Vol. 1 started as a 1996 demo tape from three Detroit friends—producer Jay Dee and rappers T3 and Baatin—who'd been making music together since high school. The tape had such a unique feel that it got bootlegged and circulated in underground hip-hop circles for prices as high as $50. Though some of the material was later revamped on the group’s “official” debut in 2000, the original recordings finally saw the light of day in 2005. Now, the songs sound like transmissions from an underground bunker. There's something essential in the resolutely contaminated production values of these early recordings. The vocals are muddied at times, but that only adds to the overall atmosphere. Through the lo-fi production values, a sound emerges that's at once hard-hitting and totally haunting. Jay Dee’s beats are skeletal yet velvety. Even when the songs consist of little more than a steely drum pattern and some ghostly jazz chords—as on “The Look of Love”—Fan-Tas-Stic Vol. 1 feels like a portal to the hypnotic pace of an American city in night’s deepest and most disquieting moment.

Customer Reviews

Classic Hip Hop!!!!!

R.I.P J Dilla!!!! You'll live on forever thru your music....thank GOD for the brief time you were here...thank you for blessing us with classic ish like this...if you don't know about SV, J Dilla...start here...then check vol. 2, Jaylib, Welcome to Detroit...etc...Genius At Work..... Peace


RIP Dilla and Baatin luv this album. Both of you will be missed

This is REAL hip-hop. In it's PUREST form.

There's not much else to say about this. IT'S FAN-TAS-TIC!!!!!!! If you hate the radio (808's and un-original synth patches galore) then, you'll LOVE this!!! Then again, if you love the radio... forget about it. Fantastic vol. 1 doesn't exist. Forget that you read this review and just simply indulge in your closemindedness. Have a nice day.


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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