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Thursday, Aug 27 2015 | 06:26
Image: 1599195 The contributions of the late Detroit producer James DeWitt Yancey –better known
to the world as J Dilla- to the world of hip-hop can't be overstated, and nowhere
is his legacy more apparent than his work as a member of Slum Village. A
founding member of the trio, (Alongside rappers T3 and Baatin) Dilla provided the
group's distinctly esoteric, free-wheeling sound, built around winding basslines,
quirky drumbeats, subtle low-end frequencies, and classic jazz & soul samples.
Against the backdrop of Dilla's rich production, T3 and Baatin's free-flowing style
of rhyming would also earn wide critical praise, leading to comparisons as the
successors to A Tribe Called Quest. (A label they themselves have rejected.)

After the success of Slum’s 1997 studio debut, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1, the group went
to work on their follow up. Though the project was completed in ’98, label turmoil
kept the project on ice until 2000. By the time Fantastic Volume II hit Dilla was well
on his way to his status as a hip hop legend having produced cuts for Common,
Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. Later works
from Slum Village may have had more of an impact sales-wise (in the immediate)
but Fantastic Vol. 2 had fans and many critics saying that Slum Village, and Dilla
in particular, may “single-handedly save rap music.” Perhaps that statement is
hyperbole but many consider Fantastic Volume II to be Slum Village’s finest work
ever to this day.

Ne'Astra Media Group now presents the album reissued on vinyl, for the first time
in several years. Every wobbling bass note of J Dilla's production has been
preserved to maintain the legacy of this hip hop rap classic and maintain the
legend of one of hip-hop's greatest beatsmiths.

A1. Intro
A2. Conant Gardens
A3. I Don’t Know
(feat. Jazzy Jeff)
A4. Jealousy
A5. Climax (Girl Shit)
A6. Hold Tight
(feat. Q-Tip)
B1. Tell Me (feat. D’Angelo)
B2. What It’s All About
B3. Fourth And Back
(feat. Kurupt)
B4. Untitled - Fantastic
B5. Fall In Love
C1. Get Dis Money
C2. Raise It Up
C3. Once Upon A Time
(feat. Pete Rock)
C4. Players
C5. Eyes Up
D1. 2U4U
D2. CB4
D3. Go Ladies
D4. Thelonius
D5. Fall-N-Love REMIX Available from 25.09.2015
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