Villa Manifesto… Slum Village album review


Admittedly, I’ve never been a Slum Village fan. They’ve released some good music, but i’ve never taken time out to listen to a whole album, at least not until now. Villa Manifesto is the group’s 6th and final album. It is a reunion album featuring all five members of the group of the group’s up and down run. This is the first time all five members appear on an album.

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Sadly its also the first project since the passing of J Dilla since his battle with Lupus came to an end a couple years ago and since the passing of Baatin from unknown causes last year. Dilla and Baatin are founding members of the group, while Illa J (Dilla’s younger brother) and Elhzi make up the heart of the album. T3 is the driving force behind the project hoping to cement the legacy of that is Slum Village.


The album’s production is flawless, but still its hearing all five members on records that makes this album most special. Appearances by De La Soul, Phife Dawg, Dwele and Little Brother give the album a classic feel. The stand-out track appears to be “Faster,” but honestly its hard to choose among a slew of hits.


Its always good to hear Hip-Hop of this caliber even if it marks the end of an era. Slum Village fans will appreciate the music and Hip-Hop lovers will have a collectors item.



Villa Manifesto receives a PARL




PARL…Kinda Great



Parlé Album Pick

Slum Village f/ Colin Monroe – Faster



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Kevin Benoit graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies. Empowering the urban community has been a goal for Kevin Benoit for the past 8 years. As a freshman in college, in May of 2004, Benoit created Parlé Magazine, an urban entertainment magazine that focused on literacy through entertainment. The publication has since provided a stepping-stone for many individuals throughout the country, from teens to adults and continues to provide inspiration for inspiring entrepreneurs, writers, photographers and graphic designers. Read more articles by Kevin.