June 1st, 2006
Maybe what doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. After dealing with personnel issues and record company shenanigans, Detroit’s Slum Village makes a powerful comeback on this recent release. Apparently looking to make a fresh start, the group has simply titled the album Slum Village, and the disc has the raw energy of a debut. Although “Giant” lyrically settles a few old scores, MCs T-3 and Elzhi sound defiant, not world weary: “I guess we didn’t need ‘em / Thanks for the freedom / An’ every time we see ‘em / We let the middle finger greet ‘em.” The production work on Slum Village is consistently strong, whether the group is sampling the Isley Brothers, progressive love children King Crimson or ripping with a live studio band, Roots-style. Slum Village manages to make radio-friendly hip hop without resorting to painting by the numbers. The CD is accompanied by a bonus DVD (editor’s note: this CD contains explicit lyrics).
Posted by Mack Hagood.
Review Genre(s): Rap and Hip-Hop