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Slum Village

Fan-Tas-Tic Vol 1: Vinyl 2LP


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Release Date: 23 February, 2024

The contributions of the late Detroit producer James DeWitt Yancey –better known to the world as J Dilla to the world of hiphop 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 neosoul 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.

Side A
1    Fantastic     
2    Keep It On (This Beat)     
3    I Don't Know     
4    How We Bullshit     
5    Fat Cat Song (feat. Phat Kat)     
6    The Look Of Love     

Side B
1    Estimate     
2    Hoc N Pucky     
3    Beej N Dem     
4    Pregnant     
5    Forth & Back     
6    Fantastic 2 (Interlude)     
7    Fantastic 3 (Interlude)     

Side C
1    Keep It On     
2    5 Ela (Remix)     
3    Give This Nigga     
4    Players     
5    Look Of Love (Remix)     
6    Pregnant (Remix)     

Side D
1    Things U Do (Remix)     
2    Fat Cat (Remix)     
3    Fantastic 4 (Interlude)     
4    What's Love Got To Do With It (Look Of Love Remix)     
5    2 You 4 You

Ne'astra Music Group
Vinyl LP