Review: Slum Village, “Villa Manifesto”

Slum Village, Villa Manifesto
E1 Music

“I had a vision to put us all back together,” raps T-3 on “The Reunion Pt. 2” from Slum Village’s Villa Manifesto. But much has changed since the group’s 2005 self-titled album: J Dilla passed away in 2006, and then Baatin died from a drug overdose three years later. Both get the spotlight through pre-recorded material, and when the quartet shines together on the kinetic “Earl Flynn,” it’s Fantastic all over again. Wisely, surviving members T-3 and Elzhi balance bittersweet memories (“We’ll Show You”) with the sumptuous neo-soul raps SV fans know and love them for.

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