Slum Village - Fan-Tas-Tic Vol.1 | Ne'Astra (NMG5762LP)

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A1:    Fantastic
A2:    Keep It On (This Beat)
A3:    I Don't Know
A4:    How We Bullshit
A5:    Fat Cat Song (Feat. Phat Kat)
A6:    The Look Of Love
B1:    Estimate
B2:    Hoc N Pucky
B3:    Beej N Dem
B4:    Pregnant
B5:    Forth & Back
B6:    Fantastic 2 (Interlude)
B7:    Fantastic 3 (Interlude)

C1:    Keep It On
C2:    5 Ela (Remix)
C3:    Give This Nigga
C4:    Players
C5:    Look Of Love (Remix)
C6:    Pregnant (Remix)
D1:    Things U Do (Remix)
D2:    Fat Cat (Remix)
D3:    Fantastic 4 (Interlude)
D4:    What's Love Got To Do With It (Look Of Love Remix)
D5:    2 You 4 You

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.) It's on Slum Village's 1997 studio debut, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1, that all these elements come together in the most proficient manner. An instant hit among Detroit's underground hip-hop scene, the album seemed to combine all the best elements of the reigning alternative and gangsta styles of hip-hop into one cohesive style that was a hit among critics. Fan-Tas-Tic's influence extended far beyond Detroit, as its sound heavily influenced the sounds of D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and The Roots just to name a few. (Roots drummer uestlove has even declared that: "Hands down this album birthed the neo-soul movement.") 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 and every freestyle line of T3 and Baatin has been re-created, to maintain the legacy of a late-90s rap classic, and the legend of one of hip-hop's greatest beatsmiths.

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