It would be a grave disservice to associate Detroit hip-hop without mentioning word of Slum Village. The pioneering rap group, composed of Baatin (1974-2009), T3, and J. Dilla (1974-2006), rose to prominence in the underground rap scene in the early 90’s after the founding members met in high school. With a strong spirit of constant evolution at the group’s core, Slum Village became reputed for their distinctive artistry, with J. Dilla’s cutting-edge and soulfully minimalist production becoming a fitting foundation for the gloriously simple rhyming style of T3 and Baatin. The trio built up a growing following with their 1997 unreleased demo, Fantastic Volume 1, a project that led A Tribe Called Quest to offer Slum Village the opportunity to accompany their farewell tour. Following sharing the stage with the legendary group, Slum Village officially released their own critically acclaimed debut in 2000, Fantastic Volume 2, a project that featured high-profile guests, such as Pete Rock, Busta Rhymes, and Q-Tip. While the original line-up disbanded following their official debut with J. Dilla amicably going on to establish his solo career and the late Baatin suffering from health ailments and drug addiction the group did take on several forms over the years. Elzhi was next to join the movement, followed briefly by J. Dilla’s brother Illa J. With a current active line-up of T3 and Young RJ, Slum Village has long been praised for releasing a meaty body of work, authentically putting the Motor City on the map in a groundbreaking way.