Slum Village released Fantastic, Vol.2 in 2000, after a long delay caused by label drama, etc. Certainly the Detroit group's best work, the highly praised album shaped the direction underground hip-hop/neo soul would take in the following years. T3 and Baatin's rhymes contributed to this feat, but it was the late Jay Dee's production work that attracted the most attention - subtle-yet-potent baselines, super soulful grooves, and his signature "loose" feel_ The beats still sound as fresh and brilliant as ever, and this deluxe drop compiles them over 3 LPs. Expect the original tracklisting - "Players," "Hold Tight," "Tell Me," "I Don't Know," "Once Upon A Time," "Fall In Love," "Raise It Up" - plus later released remixes of "Hold Tight" and "Forth And Back". Also included in the 6-panel gatefold jacket package is a limited edition 24x24 poster, making it a must-have for Dilla, hip-hop, and beats fans. Recommended.
reviewed by nakinboots 08/2011