T3 Confirms "Villa Manifesto" To Be Final Slum Village Album

UPDATE: T3 tells Billboard if the fans demand it, the group will continue together, and that all four members worked on "Villa Manifesto."

Few groups in Hip Hop have a more traumatic decade than Slum Village. The pioneering Detroit Hip Hop collective has undergone numerous personnel changes, label moves, and more importantly, the deep loss of its founding members in J Dilla and Baatin.

Now signed with E1 Entertainment for the forthcoming full-length release of Villa Manifesto, the group's remaining founding member, T3 has announced that this will be SV's last release. "Oh yeah. One more thing...this is the last Slum Village Album," T3 (@T3SV) wrote on Twitter late last night. The statement came after a number of artists and managers within the Michigan Hip Hop community were speaking to the group's future and legacy.

T3's present partner, Elzhi, who has been with Slum Village since 2002's Trinity: Past, Present and Future album, said yesterday afternoon on Twitter (@Elzhi), "Not sure what's going on....I hope Slum Village's label and T3's manager respect what I do for [Slum Village]. Either way I appreciate yall support."

Neither SV member nor management has spoken publicly since. After last year's Villa Manifesto EP, this release will be the duo's first release since 2005's championed self-titled album, released on Barak Records.

July's full-length release features a number of musical contributions from the late Dilla, as well as appearances from De La Soul, Phife Dawg and Colin Munroe. (June 30)

UPDATE: In a new interview with Billboard, T3 clarified Slum Village's status. "If this album does phenomenal and the supporters just overwhelm me, I wouldn't have a choice but to do another record -- and I believe this record could be phenomenal for us," said T3.

Additionally, the group's co-founder revealed that Baatin, who had reunited with the group prior to his 2009 death, worked on nearly 20 songs recorded for Villa Manifesto. That, coupled with unreleased production and vocals from J Dilla makes the E1 Records release the first time a Slum Village album has all four members on it.

Read the full Billboard interview, where T3 talks specifics of the album's sound and contributions, here.

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  • C-Arson

    I appreciate SV but prefer Elzhi as a solo artist because hes such a beast on the mic.

    • DrewSean

      I have to co-sign this.....Elzhi is an animal.....he murders everything he is on hands down. He is what I look forward to when I download a SV album....him and DIlla beats are like PB and J.....just makes sense.

    • DrewSean

      I have to co-sign this.....Elzhi is an animal.....he murders everything he is on hands down. He is what I look forward to when I download a SV album....him and DIlla beats are like PB and J.....just makes sense.

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      I'm definately on the same page with yall. Elzhi is sick on the mic. "The preface" no doubt is a dope album. A lot of people ain't even up on it and it's 2 years old. The way he flipped D.E.M.O.N.S and Motown 25 is unmatched. No disrespect but T3 is definately the weak link. I would love to see Elzhi do a solo joint that features Royce 5'9" with production from premo and black milk.

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      I absolutely agree. I Iove old Slum, but T3 is in eLZhi's way. Elzhi's masterpiece "The Preface" is a preface of what eLZhi can do, and the Preface is a classic IMO. This man could actually be the next king because his solo efforts are simply incredible. Look to eLZhi in 2011 on up to be the equivalent of Nas in the 90's.

  • CM36

    damn that sucks, i thought they'd at least keep it going for another five years before calling it done, plus i'd thought they was going to add illa j to the rodster. I've been anticipated with this album since the EP, plus i know its gonna be a classic cuz there last one was a classic. I'll be good as long as elzhi and t3 still make tracks with black milk, young rj (br gunna), mr porter. I think the super group would be black milk, elzhi, phonte, and royce da 5'9.....that would be nasty!

    • Blaque Ali

      I like that line-up to, but Royce is not gonna jump ship on slaughterhouse. I would like to see Ray Cash on that, he don't get a lot of shine, and he's worked with Phonte before. Now that would be dope!!

    • bswift77

      Yo!!! I never thought of that group. That would be a sick group. That's what I'm saying. El, Royce, and Te with beats by black milk....I'm diggin that. Preme gotta do some beats too though. Big Ups for that one yo!

  • dapluva!

    elzhi and phonte should form a group with andre 3000

  • Charles ExSavior

    Saw this one coming. Elzhi is a very capable lyricist, so he should stick to the two best producers the D has to offer: Black Milk and Mr. Porter.

  • Blaque Ali

    Yo, I think it's funny that Little Brother and Slum Village will always kinda be linked together like that. Anybody that likes LB, will like SV to some extent. These were my two favorites man, I hate to see things end like this. Maybe if the both join together and make one supergroup, it might make it worth it to them.

    • Just BN Real

      I agree, but in all truth and honesty, I hate to see LB break up more so than SV (as they are now). 'Te and Pooh got lyrical dexterity. T3 is aah'ite, but after hearing The Preface a couple of years ago, I would MUUUCH rather see Elzhi go solo. He should be due for a second-go-round by now.

  • Y-Town Rapper

    Man, I kinda knew this was coming (especially after Baatin past and LB called it quits.) Doesn't hurt any less. Those two groups were the foundation for my love of hip-hop, but it seems like it's been time. I hope they give this album a really good feel, although I know i'll be hearing more of Elzhi in the future.

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    T3 and Phonte should do a BET reality show on divas.

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