On this week’s edition of Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G re-visit another classic album, Slum Village’s “Fantastic Vol. 2.” which was released on June 13, 2000 (after a good deal of label politics). “Fantastic Vol. 2” is considered a touchstone in the “neo-soul” movement, whose sound was developed by Slum Village’s J-Dilla and a host of other musicians and collaborators (The Ummah, Soulquarians, etc). Like many other classic albums of the time, “Fantastic Vol. 2” didn’t enjoy huge sales, but its impact is unmistakable.
The guys also pay tribute to jazz legend Ornette Coleman, who passed away on June 11. The podcast opens with a portion of Coleman’s “Free Jazz,” the controversial recording that divided critics and fans while initiating a new movement in jazz music in 1961.
Slum Village announced that the proceeds from the iTunes sales of their new J Dilla produced “Yes, Yes” will go to Dilla’s children. I applaud the group for doing this, but I do take issue with the subject matter of the song being used to benefit his daughters. The song is a celebration of the groups sexual exploits. What happens when Ja’Maya and Ty-Monae hear the song. Here young ladies, enjoy this song which was meant to be a sort of dedication to you. It’s like making a song to benefit the educational programs available to children in communities with poor schooling, and said song being about drugs, jewelry and cars. It’s worse than that though, it’s like making a song to help fight the blood diamond trade in South Africa and the subject matter of that song is about how big your chain is and how many carats your watch has. I find this to be utterly tasteless and while I applaud the fact the group is willing to do something for Dilla’s children (which they should be doing ANYWAY), it should have been thought through a little more thoroughly.
When you bought your copy of Detroit Deli and saw the tracklist you got amped. You know you did, we all skipped right to the track. Black Milk did his thing on the beat. It would have been nice if their differences with Baatin could have been reconciled. One last new and complete track with the original line-up would have been dope. Unfortunately we lost Dilla two short years later. We eventually got a Baatin reunion only to lose him before the completion of Villa Manifesto. Though he had worked on numerous tracks for the album, it was tough listening to him and Dilla on the album knowing that they were not with us anymore.
“Slum Village” drops a new mixtape…….it’s pretty decent, though I long for the days of earlier SV…….Baatin and Dilla are incredibly irreplaceable. ElZhi was a great addition, but he;s gone now too…..Illa J and Young RJ do all they can to help hold down the reigns with T3….worth a listen