Slum Village – Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1 (1997)

It’s been a minute since we’ve posted any music on 4080, so I figured it was time to upload some auditory dopeness. And Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1 fits that bill perfectly.

Recorded in 1996 and 1997, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1 is Slum Village’s debut album. Produced by J Dilla and recorded entirely in his home studio, the album was leaked as a bootleg in 1997. It became an instant classic among underground heads in Detroit and, later, across the world. In fact, according to Wikipedia, at one point copies of Fan-Tas-Tic were fetching $50 apiece. Still, despite its popularily, the album wasn’t officially released until 2005.

Musically, the album is notable for several reasons. First, most of its 25 songs are no more than a minute or two long, perhaps because Fan-Tas-Tic was intended to be a demo. Second, J Dilla’s consistent use of heavily filtered jazz and soul samples and intricate bass lines (seriously – every beat is dope, but they start to blend together after a while) was unique at the time, meaning the album sounds unike most mid- to late-’90s hip-hop. Third, T3 and Baatin – the group’s two mcs - transcend underground convention by rapping as much about women and money as about anything else. Their verbal back-and-forth will also remind you of Golden Age duos like Q-Tip and Phife or EPMD.

Slum Village – Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1 (Counterflow, 1997)

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