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|Posted By: jlove-cali's finest|
Posted On: Sep 26, 2003
|Slum Village break up!|
yo peep this, I guess dude bounced.
While Slum Village showcased an apparent chemistry in the video for their smash single, "Tainted," internal conflict was tearing the members apart. Barely six months after Slum's most successful LP was released, founding member Baatin was handed his walking papers. But two monkeys won't stop his show. Between laying songs for his forthcoming solo debut, Baatin, (now known as Baatin the Slumlord) took time to speak on his departure from Slum and his future projects.
"When we got off the tour with Floetry and India Arie I was dealing with a lot of mental issues... not enough rest... jet lag. I underwent physical ailment," Baatin told Sohh.com via phone. "I came home and said I wasn't gonna do it no more. When I tried to seek some attention, they took it like I was leaving the group. I was in a coma for a day. When I came out my coma, all my stuff was out of my condo. I lost all my cars, lost everything. And I got a termination letter from the group."
According to Baatin, the termination letter was signed by both founding member T3 and late addition Elzhi, a member he had welcomed with open arms when Jay Dilla first departed the group. Now, long time Slum affiliate Phat Kat has joined the group as Baatin's replacement. The trio is presently touring Europe with Phat Kat spitting Baatin's verses on every cut.
Upon speaking of his dismissal, Baatin is obviously bothered, especially since he thinks the group surmounted adversity that should have made them closer. "I remember we were in Vancouver, Canada. And when the crowd found out Jay Dee wasn't there, people were actually leaving," Baatin revealed. "That bothered me," Baatin continued. "We had to pay a lot of dues and really get on the grind. We should have been close knit, we should have been tighter."
While most were foreign to Slum's perilous future, the group's combusted chemistry became transparent during a California date. "We were performing on stage and Elzhi would spit his diss line and he'll be pointing at me. The audience was seeing it so clear. After the show, the crowd just ran up on me showing love. But then they were like it seems like your man was trying to front on you," the embattled emcee said.
As he reflects on the tours and past releases, Baatin almost sounds apologetic when speaking of his previous work. "Trinity is all the mental frustration. That's why I didn't come off the way I wanted to," Baatin explained.
Half hearted verses, internal disses and lack of input and support incited Baatin's departure. "Me leaving the group was because of no support from the jndie company, the same reason Jay Dee left. Clearly, part of that is the label's fault." Baatin explained. "Sometimes, electives that are put in charge over you can come up with ways to divide you. In my opinion, I was never respected. I never had a say."
No matter how dirty he feels Slum did him, Baatin remains positive about the situation. I wish them the best," Baatin said with no hesitation. Still, Slum is in the past now. Backed by a new crew, the Detroit emcee is now ready to move on. He is presently considering several labels, including Columbia and Capitol and has already laced 15 cuts. Furthermore, he has already reached out to The Neptunes, Snoop Dogg and Common to collaborate on his first solo effort.
Be on the lookout for a movement," Baatin said confidently. "Good music, people like Common, Erykah Badu... we need a movement to support."
Baatin The Slumlord's debut LP is set to drop in the first quarter of 2004.
|Posted By: BABY ED|
Posted On: Sep 26, 2003
|RE: Slum Village break up!|
Good lookin with the info Jlove. For me, Slum's popularity was dwindling away anyway especially once Jay Dee bounced. The last slum album was mediocre to say the least. The best work Slum did was their 1st album and their J88 projects. Even Jaydee's "Welcome to Detroit" is mediocre. But I'll tell you what, I'm DEFINATELY waiting for that "Madlib" (Jaydee & Madlib produced album) to finally drop. So far the tracks I've heard on radio shows and sandbox are pure HEAT.