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Slum Village: Villa Manifesto

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    Detroit rap collective Slum Village seized the underground hip hop scene in the 90's with their first album, Fantastic Vol. 1. The trio, which then consisted of Baatin, T3, and Jay Dee, united with some of hip hp's supreme emcees such as Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest and Pete Rock. In 2001, Jay Dee, also known as J Dilla, left the group to pursue a solo career, and ELZhi was introduced. A couple of years later, Baatin fell ill while touring in France and departed. T3 and ELZhi went on to record music together under the reputable moniker, Slum Village, before tragedy struck.

    In February 2006, after being diagnosed with TIP and lupus, Jay Dee passed away. Two years later, T3 announced that Baatin would be returning to the group and collaborating on a new Slum Village album. Unfortunately, tragedy struck a second time, this time taking the life of Baatin in July of 2009. Through the group's misfortune, Slum Village remains. Villa Manifesto, the latest installment, showcases all past, present and future members at their lyrical best. Judging from the Buzz that was createdfrom the digital EP release in late 2009, this LP will take its place as a classic in the realm of authentic hip hop.

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    1. Bare Witness
    featuring Babu (of Beat Junkies + Dilated Peoples)
    Producer: Khrysis
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    2. Lock It Down
    Producer: J Dilla (aka Jay Dee)
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    3. Scheming
    featuring J Dilla (aka Jay Dee); Posdnous (of De La Soul); Phife (of A Tribe Called Quest)
    Producer: Young RJ
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    4. Earl Flinn
    Producer: Young RJ
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    5. Faster
    featuring Colin Munroe
    Producers: Young RJ; Craig Lane
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    6. 2000 Beyond
    featuring J Dilla (aka Jay Dee)
    Producer: Young RJ
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    7. Dance
    featuring AB
    Producer: Dave West
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    8. Don't Fight The Feeling
    featuring Dwele
    Producer: Mr. Porter (of D-12)
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    9. Um Um
    featuring Keys
    Producer: Young RJ
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    10. The Set Up
    Producer: Hi-Tek
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    11. The Reunion Pt. 2
    Producer: Young RJ
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    12. Where Do We Go From Here
    featuring Little Brother
    Producer: Young RJ
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    13. We'll Show You
    featuring AB
    Producers: J Dilla (aka Jay Dee); Young RJ
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    4.1 Stars (4.1 Stars )
    Total Comments: 47
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/29/2014 11:27:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az/ hell
    Comment: Nice joint , beats banging! Glad that they didn't have too much corny singing on the hooks , thank you lord!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/24/2011 9:34:00 PM; Partial IP: .13.46.163)
    Location: Sirius
    Comment: Elmatic drops MAY 10th, can't wait for this shit to come out!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/6/2011 4:35:00 PM; Partial IP: .200.116.6)
    Location: SOUTHERN CALI
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/24/2010 1:48:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.230.252)
    Location: gg
    Comment: A pretty good album with pretty decent production. However, the total package is not incredible, but is good for a few listens.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/17/2010 9:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.228.196)
    Location: irvington ,nj
    Comment: solid album. slum are some ill mcs. production is always dope.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/2/2010 9:01:00 PM; Partial IP: .13.31.178)
    Location: flint,michigan
    Comment: we got ya SV out here in flint city
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/30/2010 7:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 250.222.38)
    Location: Japan (reppin' G.A.)
    Comment: Yo Orion when does that "ELMATIC" album by Elzhi drop?!!! That dude is a beast on the mic and if anybody can pull off a "ILLMATIC" remake, that boi Elzhi can! Good lookin' on the info Orion!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/29/2010 8:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 252.20.219)
    Location: Omaha, Nebreezy
    Comment: It's a shame that SV is no longer together. RJ Rice has single handedly dismantled one of my favorite groups of all time. He is the reason Elzhi is only featured on 7 tracks. It sounds great to hear Dilla and Tin on the album and there definitely is some classic Slum on this one. Be sure to look out for Elzhi's "Elmatic" where he remakes Nas's classic album with a twist.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/24/2010 10:39:00 PM; Partial IP:
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/23/2010 9:51:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: NH
    Comment: Best joint they've had in years. (mostly due to Dilla & Tin's return) A few fillers, & not near fantastic's sound, but this much better than the deli or self titled. Apparantly some of Elzhi's verses were held off the album by management... too bad. it would've helped its worth
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/22/2010 5:30:00 AM; Partial IP: .134.39.49)
    Location: South AfricaPTA
    Comment: For the love of HipHop.......
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/18/2010 6:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 250.222.38)
    Location: Japan (reppin' G.A.)
    Comment: R you must be tired, lazy, and lame fam and I'ont wan' be the same so I won't even waste no more energy on this back and forth shit with you cause it's lame. Lol, it is what is...just keep ya mouth shut about n*ggas who dig Dilla, Baatin, T3, and Elzhi.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/18/2010 6:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 250.222.38)
    Location: Japan (reppin' G.A.)
    Comment: Lol, n*gga eat one and shut the fuck up! Just cause you named some classic albums, lol what...what the fuck does that mean? I do that shit all the time. If you wan' holla reviews then let's do that n*gga on some real hip-hop shit. But if you gon' take shots at n*ggas who dig SV then get the fuck off UGHH clown cause you aint sayin', spittin', or droppin' science on nothin'. Get at me!
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/18/2010 3:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 95.216.224)
    Location: NH
    Comment: mild at best...a couple of jams but the rest sounds like another albums filler tracks...disappointing
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 8/18/2010 12:16:00 PM; Partial IP: 37.138.138)
    Location: Boston
    Comment: Yeah yeah ive been down with the sv sound since way back then too... 4-5 represent classic material (dirty distric vol 2, moment of truth, illmatic, blackstar, enter the 36...)So grupies please shutthefuckup! Go praise sv somewhere else this strictly for reviews. Little bitches.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/13/2010 2:57:00 AM; Partial IP: 170.122.94)
    Location: seoul,korea
    Comment: fuck off R.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/12/2010 12:31:00 AM; Partial IP: 250.222.38)
    Location: Japan (reppin' G.A.)
    Comment: Yo R shut the fuck up homeboi! That shit is SV all day! I been a fan since J Dilla was Jay Dee ya heard? Since Fantastic Vol. 1 was out. Youi talkin' bout n*ggas is dick riding cause they appreciate SV. Yo shut the fuck up clown!
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 8/9/2010 11:36:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Boston
    Comment: Most of u must be slum village groupies and not true fans. THis is not classic material. RIP Dilla and Baatin. Believe me i've been waiting for this for a looong time! TRUE sv fans will see the shortcoming of this album, groupies will keep riding the dick!
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 8/9/2010 11:26:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Boston
    Comment: I have to give it 1 star just to balance the rating though it deserves 2.5. Highlights include the reunion pt 2. and 2000 beyond thanks to dilla. maybe the set up is good too, but the rest is a dirty distric vol 2 wanna-and I repeat wanna be, minus the dilla's soulful touch.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/8/2010 10:37:00 AM; Partial IP: 37.226.187)
    Location: Mo Rilla, MEX
    Comment: Length 1. "Bare Witness" (featuring DJ Babu) Khrysis 2:30 2. "Lock It Down" J Dilla 3:18 3. "Scheming" (featuring J Dilla, Posdnuos (of De La Soul) & Phife) Young RJ 4:15 4. "Earl Flinn" (featuring J Dilla) Madlib 3:04 5. "Faster" (featuring Colin Munroe) Young RJ 3:36 6. "2000 Beyond" (featuring J Dilla & ?uestlove) Young RJ 2:53 7. "Dance" (featuring AB) Dave West 2:45 8. "Don't Fight the Feeling/Daylight" (featuring Dwele) Mr. Porter & T3 7:24 9. "Um Um" (featuring Keys) Young RJ 3:33 10. "The Set Up" Hi-Tek 3:51 11. "The Reunion, Pt. 2" (featuring Illa J) Young RJ 3:09 12. "Where Do We Go from Here" (featuring Little Brother) Young RJ 2:52 13. "We'll Show You" (featuring Illa J & AB) J Dilla 2:46 Total length: 46:43
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/4/2010 2:42:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Norway
    Comment: fucking classic!!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/3/2010 12:52:00 AM; Partial IP: .66.69.176)
    Location: novi mi
    Comment: dope album. elzhi is killkin it
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/3/2010 12:13:00 AM; Partial IP: 40.196.108)
    Location: Half past amazing
    Comment: The phukkin TRUTH!!! This $hit is as tight as your moms snatch was before she birthed your fat ass and you came hopping out speaking parables and eating chicken and dumplins... that was inappropriate. Damn this feels good. This $hit fits HipHop like a good pair of drawls. If you love the genre cop this $hit for sure. ...and Posdnous is one of my Top 5 EVER emcees... serious charge. Dig in and see that this cat's rhymes are trump phukkin' tight!!!! True to lyricism and is very much appreciated. The cat animates and makes me see the thing unfold when he speaks. Dig Pos... good $hit, baby!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/2/2010 5:32:00 PM; Partial IP: 23.170.168)
    Location: Queens, NY
    Comment: great. needed this. where's Actin Normal!? I want that track so bad and thought is was gonna be on here. either way DOPE PICK UP!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/2/2010 2:22:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Norway
    Comment: wow!, great album slum village always comes wiith quality hip hop ever time. R.I.P. J Dilla !!!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/31/2010 6:58:00 PM; Partial IP: 68.192.157)
    Location: Tampa
    Comment: Vintage SV right here, lovin that LB Made it on here.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/30/2010 5:53:00 PM; Partial IP: 200.110.12)
    Location: Chapel Hill
    Comment: This album is easily one of the best hip-hop albums of the year. SV still keeping it real.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 5:33:00 PM; Partial IP: 35.165.193)
    Location: in town
    Comment: Can't wait
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 5:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 250.222.38)
    Location: Japan (reppin' G.A.)
    Comment: For those of ya'll wanting to hear Elzhi on dope shit, check out DJ Spinna's "Sonic Smash" album on UGHH and listen to this joint with Spinna and Elzhi called "More Colors". "Colors" was off Elzhi's "THE PREFACE" album but this "More Colors" shit is deep and dope. Peace to Spinna and Elz for making that classic gem!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 5:05:00 PM; Partial IP: 250.222.38)
    Location: Japan (reppin' G.A.)
    Comment: Yes ssssir buddy! That's a SV album all day and that shit's bangin! Just wish they had took some of the tracks from the Villa Manifesto Vinyl EP and added on to the CD album. I'ma cop both anyway. Long live the legacy of the Slum-Jaydee, Baatin, Elzhi, T3, and soon to be Illa J. Hot shit homies!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 4:06:00 PM; Partial IP: .240.88.71)
    Location: finland
    Comment: yessssssssss!!!!!!!! been waiting for this and its gooood to hear dilla beats and verses and baatin is off the chain dude was crazy talented.but im not feelin leaving elzhi out of half the tracks and wheres black milk beats?
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 2:05:00 PM; Partial IP: 90.228.201)
    Location: Brooklyn
    Comment: I'm a devoted Slum Fan and this album is a big disappointment !!!The dilla track was dope, but the album just didn't do anything for me.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 12:22:00 PM; Partial IP: 15.146.254)
    Location: Maine
    Comment: Nice albun overall. Could have done without tracks 7 & 9, and could have used a little more Elzhi.I was also disappointed that Black Milk was not featured on any production or even given a shout in the credits. Strong albun though, hope it's not really the last...
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 4:56:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: nh
    Comment: hate to hear of all the drama surrounding this release, but that being said it's a decent drop. Lock It Down is that dilla shit you been fiending for. Honestly I just wasnt feelin the tracks RJ produced. RIP Dilla/Baatin.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 3:16:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Constanta, Romania
    Comment: Excellent album, 5 stars!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 12:51:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Seattle
    Comment: Great CD. Don't understand the hate for Earl Flinn. that is one dope headnodic track. This is one of the best CDs of 2010.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/29/2010 12:13:00 AM; Partial IP: 62.135.217)
    Location: Nevada
    Comment: "Earl Flinn" isnt the only wack tracks.. how bout #s 7,8 and 9 also?. I give 3.5 stars ..atleast there is somewhat of a come back..
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/28/2010 7:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 69.133.119)
    Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
    Comment: Solid Hip-Hop album, minus the track "Earl Flinn". Everything else is KNOCKIN!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/28/2010 12:53:00 PM; Partial IP: 27.175.138)
    Location: Earth , NY
    Comment: This album is totally incredible. wow ........its insane. seriously.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/28/2010 10:43:00 AM; Partial IP: .57.250.63)
    Location: seoul,korea
    Comment: fuc*in dope. this shit is crazy.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/28/2010 7:59:00 AM; Partial IP: .120.43.86)
    Location: Jerz
    Comment: Definitely worth buying!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/28/2010 4:50:00 AM; Partial IP: 145.51.118)
    Location: cali
    Comment: just copped it...shits bangin..go copp it so sv keeps on na mean...
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/27/2010 7:22:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Toronto
    Comment: This is an automatic cop, don't be slow on it.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/25/2010 5:08:00 AM; Partial IP: 145.51.118)
    Location: i.v. cali
    Comment: cant wait to cop this isshh... sv always bringin the fresh ill ishhh na jd and baatin
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/22/2010 12:33:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: 8mile
    Name: (Posted: 7/15/2010 8:04:00 AM; Partial IP: 162.128.55)
    Location: Chi
    Comment: S TO THE V!!! I don't care how this shit sounds, it's just good to hear that they're releasing something.
    Name: (Posted: 7/12/2010 1:27:00 AM; Partial IP: 15.109.178)
    Location: o
    Comment: rip baatin..
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