Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1

Ne'astra Music Group


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The contributions of the late Detroit producer James DeWitt Yancey -better known to the world as J Dilla- to the world of hip-hop can't be overstated, and nowhere is his legacy more apparent than his work as a member of Slum Village. A founding member of the trio, (Alongside rappers T3 and Baatin) Dilla provided the group's distinctly esoteric, free-wheeling sound, built around winding bass lines, quirky drumbeats, subtle low-end frequencies, and classic jazz & soul samples. Against the backdrop of Dilla's rich production, T3 and Baatin's free-flowing style of rhyming would also earn wide critical praise, leading to comparisons as the successors to A Tribe Called Quest. (A label they themselves have rejected.) It's on Slum Village's 1997 studio debut, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1, that all these elements come together in the most proficient manner. An instant hit among Detroit's underground hip-hop scene, the album seemed to combine all the best elements of the reigning alternative and gangsta styles of hip-hop into one cohesive style that was a hit among critics. Fan-Tas-Tic's influence extended far beyond Detroit, as it's sound heavily influenced the sounds of D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and The Roots just to name a few. (Roots drummer ?uestlove has even declared that: "Hands down this album birthed the neo-soul movement.") Ne'Astra Media Group now presents the album reissued on vinyl, for the first time in several years. Every wobbling bass note of J Dilla's production has been preserved and every freestyle line of T3 and Baatin has been re-created, to maintain the legacy of a late-90s rap classic, and the legend of one of hip-hop's greatest beatsmiths.

  1. Fantastic
  2.  Keep It on (This Beat)
  3.  I Don't Know
  4.  How We Bullshit
  5.  Fat Cat Song (Feat. Phat Kat)
  6.  The Look of Love
  7.  Estimate
  8.  Hoc N Pucky
  9.  Beej N Dem
  10. Pregnant
  11. Forth & Back
  12. Fantastic 2 (Interlude)
  13. Fantastic 3 (Interlude)
  14.  Keep It on
  15.  5 Ela (Remix)
  16.  Give This Nigga
  17.  Players
  18.  Look of Love (Remix)
  19.  Pregnant (Remix)
  20.  Things U Do (Remix)
  21.  Fat Cat (Remix)
  22.  Fantastic 4 (Interlude)
  23. What's Love Got to Do with It (Look of Love Remix)
  24. 2 You 4 You