Slum Village’s latest LP features production work and cameos from the likes of De La Soul, Phife Dawg, J Dilla and Black Milk.
While it seems Slum Village have become something of a hip hop Ship of Theseus in their replacement of original members, their output has become more frequent in recent years. Including mixtapes, SV have released five records since 2010 and their latest, entitled “YES”, sees the trio drop one of their best albums to date. It’s a mixture of old favourites and new school heroes as Dilla’s production permeates from the intro to the end and previous collaborators Black Milk and Frank Nitt alongside the likes of BJ The Chicago Kid and J. Ivy. While Slum Village have never set the hip hop world alight with complex lyricism, they continue to excel in accentuating funky beats and in return, the jams have helped to exalt the rhymes. “YES” is no exception, particularly on tracks like the sensual funk guitar-driven Expressive and Right Back with De La Soul.
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