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Originating from the Conant Gardens section of Detroit, Michigan, USA, the rap outfit Slum Village first came together during the mid-90s. The group originally comprised rhymers Muhammed Baatin and T-3, plus producer J Dilla aka Jay Dee (James Yancey, 7 February 1974, USA, d. 10 February 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA). The latter had previously worked with Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul. The trio issued several independent singles before a demo entitled Fantastic, Vol. 1, began circulating in the rap underground, making fans out of established hip-hop artists such as Q-Tip, DAngelo, and Black Star, and most importantly, securing the crew a recording contract with the indie label, Goodvibe/Barak. In 1999, Slum Villages debut, Fantastic, Vol. 2, which included guest appearances by DAngelo, Busta Rhymes, Pete Rock, and Jazzy Jeff was released. Slum Villages second effort, 2002s Trinity: Past, Present And Future, was...