Fresh off the incredible James Brown Live At The Apollo IV release, Get On Down keeps on trucking with something for Dilla fans and hip hop fans alike. The Slum Village Fantastic Box is a comprehensive box set featuring 4 cds and 5 7″ records from the Slum Village Jay Dee era. Dilla’s early production (and sometimes duties as an MC) were with Slum Village, and are an important time in one of the game’s most notable producer’s career. The two releases SV put out Fan-tas-tic Vol. 1 and Fan-tas-tic Vol. 2 are represented in full on the first two cds, with the third edits, vocal tracks, and remixes on the third. The fourth is a rare, beyond the records bastion of 11 tracks that include a few collabos with Madlib, Pete Rock remixes, and more. But for us, the real deal is the 5 45s that come with the set. Two singles off of Vol. 2 “Raise It Up” and “I Don’t Know” – plus three singles exclusively for the box “Fall In Love,” “Fall In Love Remix” and “Players” all on color vinyl. The artwork for the records is inspired bu some of the original SV 12″s that were made to look like Test Pressing records. The music is housed in a flip top box and also contains a book with text from Martin Caballero and insight from the group’s only surviving member T3.
This important time in Dilla’s career is a definite retrospective of what was laid down, and we all know what came next. For the completist as well as the curious, The Fantastic Box set is a much needed focus on Slum Village and their contribution not only to hip hop, but the overall music game as well. Long live the S to the V.
J 88 – Things You Do To Me (Madlib Remix)
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