It’s been a minute since we’ve posted any music on 4080,Â 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. ItÂ 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 ofÂ its 25Â songs are no more than a minute or two long,Â perhaps becauseÂ Fan-Tas-Tic was intended to be a demo.Â Second,Â J Dilla’s consistentÂ 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,Â T3 andÂ Baatin – the group’s two mcs -Â transcend underground convention by rapping as much about women and money as about anything else. Their verbalÂ 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)