If for some reason, the name Slum Village isn’t familiar to you, do yourself a favor and get lost in their archives for the next week or so. Start off with Fantastic Vol.1 and slowly work your way up to Villa Manifesto. Leave nothing unheard. Learn Villa’s story, their history, become a Dilla fanatic, appreciate Baatin’s originality, hear T3 grow as an emcee, and enjoy the eLZhi era. During this time, you’ll come to the realization of how much Slum Village is truly embedded in hip-hop history. Slum Village has recently released a new mixtape with a couple of new additions to the roster. First up is J Dilla’s younger brother, Illa J. If you haven’t heard Illa J’s album, Yancey Boys, check it out, it’s a classic. Also, producer, Young RJ, is now officially apart of the Slum Village legacy. The Mick Boogie hosted mixtape, The Dirty Slums, is feature heavy, crammed full with great rappers: Black Milk, Phonte, Phife, Rapper Big Pooh, De La Soul, Big Sean, and many more. The Dirty Slums is the same, classic, sounding Slum Village as it ever was, mostly because Illa J and Young RJ are just natural fits to the line-up. There’s really not a whole lot to say about the mixtape. If you’re familiar with Slum Village, you already know what to expect: a nice mix of Detroit grittiness and Motown soul. If you’re just now getting your first taste of Villa, be prepared to be getting a hold of the rest of their discography, after listening to The Dirty Slums.
You can pick up the mixtape by following this Mediafire link.