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.
1.1 Fantastic 1.2 Keep It on (This Beat) 1.3 I Don't Know 1.4 How We Bullshit 1.5 Fat Cat Song (Feat. Phat Kat) 1.6 The Look of Love 1.7 Estimate 1.8 Hoc N Pucky 1.9 Beej N Dem 1.10 Pregnant 1.11 Forth ; Back 1.12 Fantastic 2 (Interlude) 1.13 Fantastic 3 (Interlude) 2.1 Keep It on 2.2 5 Ela (Remix) 2.3 Give This Nigga 2.4 Players 2.5 Look of Love (Remix) 2.6 Pregnant (Remix) 2.7 Things U Do (Remix) 2.8 Fat Cat (Remix) 2.9 Fantastic 4 (Interlude) 2.10 What's Love Got to Do with It (Look of Love Remix) 2.11 2 You 4 You