Fantastic, Vol. 2
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Studio album by Slum Village

Released

13 June 2000

Recorded

1997-1998

Studio

Studio A
(Dearborn Heights, Michigan)
Electric Lady Studios
(New York City, New York)
Unique Sound
(New York City, New York)
RJ Rice Studios
(Southfield, Michigan)
Jay Dee's Basement
(Detroit, Michigan)

Genre

Hip hop

Length

67:54

Label

Good Vibe, Barak

Producer

D'Angelo, Jay Dee, Timothy Maynor (exec.), R.J. Rice (exec.), Pete Rock

Slum Village chronology

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Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1) (1997)

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Fantastic, Vol. 2 is the debut album by American hip hop group Slum Village, released in 2000 on Good Vibe Recordings and Barak Records. During the time of its release, the group was still composed of its original members T3, Baatin and Jay Dee.

The album was initially completed in 1998 for another record label, but the label became obsolete before the album was released and left Slum Village in limbo for over a year. During this period, the group's producer Jay Dee greatly increased his profile through work with artists such as Common, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde and A Tribe Called Quest. At the same time, tremendous amounts of acclaim from hip hop notables such as Questlove of The Roots and Q-Tip built up anticipation for the long-delayed LP. Slum Village eventually found an outlet with Good Vibe and Barak Records, and released the album to slow sales and heavy bootlegging. The group nevertheless had a huge impact on the underground hip hop circuit, and were proclaimed as the successors of the departing A Tribe Called Quest.

Fantastic, Vol. 2 received a great deal of praise by music critics. In particular, Jay Dee's much lauded production work on the album, with its subtle grooves and soul claps, became a blueprint for the direction that neo soul would take in the following years. 

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - - - 1:17
2. "Conant Gardens" Jay Dee, Baatin, T3 Altman, Glover, Hale, Yancey Jay Dee 3:12
3. "I Don't Know" Jay Dee, T3, Baatin Altman, Bobbit, Brown, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 2:25
4. "Jealousy" T3, Baatin, Jay Dee Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 4:05
5. "Climax (Girl Shit)" Jay Dee, T3, Baatin Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 3:12
6. "Hold Tight" Q-Tip, Jay Dee, T3, Baatin Altman, Fareed, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 3:11
7. "Tell Me" Baatin, Jay Dee, T3, D'Angelo Altman, Archer, Glover, Yancey D'Angelo, Jay Dee (co.) 4:38
8. "What It's All About" Busta Rhymes, Jay Dee, T3, Baatin Altman, Glover, McCoy, Smith, Yancey Jay Dee 3:35
9. "Forth & Back" Jay Dee, Kurupt, T3, Baatin Altman, Brown, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 4:26
10. "Untitled/ Fantastic" T3, Baatin, Jay Dee Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 3:49
11. "Fall in Love" Baatin, T3 Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 3:47
12. "Get Dis Money" T3, Jay Dee, Baatin Altman, Glover, Hancock, Willis, Yancey Jay Dee 3:31
13. "Raise It Up" Jay Dee, T3, Baatin Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 4:28
14. "Once Upon a Time" Pete Rock, Jay Dee, T3, Baatin Altman, Glover, Phillips, Yancey Pete Rock, Jay Dee (co.) 4:10
15. "Players" Jay Dee, T3, Baatin Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 2:26
16. "Eyes Up" Baatin, Jay Dee, T3 Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 4:23
17. "2U4U" Jay Dee, T3, Baatin Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 3:09
18. "CB4" T3, Jay Dee, Baatin Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 3:27
19. "Go Ladies" T3, Jay Dee, Baatin Altman, Glover, Yancey Jay Dee 4:40
20. "Thelonius" T3, Common, Baatin, Jay Dee Altman, Glover, Lynn, Yancey Jay Dee 4:21

Notes

Credits[edit | edit source]

  • Creative: Drew FitzGerald
  • Engineers: Todd Fairall, Frank Amato, Kirk Yano & Mike Tocci
  • Layout (Additional): Cliffered Art
  • Mastering (Additional): Eric Zimmerman
  • Mixed by: James "Jay Dee" Yancey (track 1–19), Todd Fairall (track 1–19), Bob Power (track 20)

Album liner notes[edit | edit source]

T3 Special Thanks:
Special thanks to the Most High for all of my talents, my successes and my existence. Special thanks to the O.D.R., my mom, my family and Tonya. Special thanks to the people who supported me and to those against me (you know who you are). You all have been inspiring, and I must not forget my peeps who bought Volume 1, Ah-ight Chill!!

Baatin Melchizedek Special Thanks:
My first and most gratitude is to my inner most highest self, Almighty Allaheem. The O.D.R. Sha Daha, RJ Rice, Barak Entertainment, Timothy Maynor, all of my loved ones who are close to my heart. We will succeed together. To my people starving for the truth, thank you, for it's your appetites that inspire me. So don't forget! Follow the path of your heart, it will never lead you astray.

Jay Dee Special Thanks:
Jay Dee would like to thank the Most High. Moms and Pops for being ridiculous-ly strict (it paid off), to my joy, to those who worked with me, even those who worked against me (it's all love), - finally, to everyone who made this project possible. -Peace

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