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2009’s Villa Manifesto represents Slum Village’s reunion with founding members Baatin and J Dilla, both of whom passed away before the album was released. While the group’s reputation is based on the somber and often introverted moods of the two Fantastic volumes, the songs on Villa Manifesto are vigorous and celebratory. “Dance,” “Earl Flinn," and “Faster” radiate an irrepressible sense of joy, undoubtedly the result of camaraderie and love brought about by the reunion. “Lock It Down” is the sole Dilla production, and it’s a killer. The song epitomizes the harsh-yet-seductive edge that's has come to define Detroit hip-hop. Elsewhere, Dilla’s disciple Young RJ offers some of the most dynamic and well-crafted beats the group has ever had, including “Scheming,” “2000 Beyond," and “The Reunion, Pt. 2.” Overall, the album merges old-school hip-hop fundamentals with Slum’s singularly low-key, fraternal rap style. “Where Do We Go From Here?” becomes particularly poignant in light of the group’s inevitable dissolution. Elzhi’s verse forms an epigram for a tight-knit trio: “Two, only real ones on my team who knew/I found a way to make my dreams come true…”

Customer Reviews

1.5 Years In The Making

Buy this album. Worth every penny. Your favorite rapper's favorite group. The best part of the album is that we have all 4 together in one (that hasn't happened until now). Dilla, Baatin, T3 and El.

Slum Village For The Last Time


this album is very good, great way to end things

one last hoo ray!!

if this is indeed the last slum villa album, they went out with a bang. the album captures everything that slum village has done their whole career, as well as, show that they can grow with new directions in music, such as "faster". The track is by far my favorite of the album, but all the tracks are great. R.I.P. Baatin and industry needs more underdogs like Slum. First Little Brother breaks up now SV! I have always wanted a track with both groups, and I am glad to see that they final got on one record together.


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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