Archive for Baatin

Slum Village Be “Actin’ Normal”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , on Thursday, August 13, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here is the latest video from Slum Village off of their upcoming album Villa Manifesto. The direction on the video was done by Dwele, and you might notice himself and Black Milk making cameos in this one. I can assure you I will be copping the new Slum Village shit when it drops. Will you?

R.I.P. Baatin

Spotted @ Hip Hop Official


T3 Talks About Baatin & Slum Village

Posted in Audio with tags , , , on Monday, August 10, 2009 by Tim Althaus

On-Air Idiots was able to get T3 of Slum Village on the phone after his recent performance at Rock The Bells. These guys cover a lot of ground on this phone interview, and 3 even mentions that the new Slum Village album will be dropping in September. He also talks a great deal about his good friend (and original founding member) Baatin, and his unfortunate passing. T3 talks about almost being the “torchbearer” (if you will) to carry on the Slum Village name, and how much adversity both Slum Village & Detroit has been through. Apparently Baatin was supposed to be in Vancouver with Slum Village at the time of his passing, he just couldn’t go to Canada because of legal reasons. Baatin also briefly discusses catching a flight to go to Dilla’s funeral when then were on tour in Europe. This interview is full of real talk and it’s great to hear T3 carrying the torch and keeping the Slum Village name going.

Spotted @ 2DopeBoyz

Pharoahe Monch Tears Up The Jazz Cafe

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Thursday, August 6, 2009 by Tim Althaus

It’s always great to hear news about Monch. The guy is a complete monster, and he definitely restfully resides in my top 5 emcees of all time. This video comes to us via 2DopeBoyz, and it features some footage of Pharoahe tearing up the Jazz Cafe in London. It’s nice to see these guys starting things off with a little Black Milk, because God knows it never hurt anyone. In the performance Monch runs through “The Matrix”, “Let’s Go” & “I’m Free” (Baatin tribute). Does anyone know when WAR is supposed to drop?

Wild Style Wednesday Review: Slum Village, Fantastic, Vol. 2

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, August 6, 2009 by Tim Althaus

SlumVillageFantasticVol2 I had another review planned for this week, but with the recent passing of Baatin this one feels a little more natural. Fantastic, Vol. 2 is another record that came very close to charting on my most influential albums list. Even though it wasn’t on my most influential albums list, this is another album that I can say would probably easily be in my top 20 favorite albums of all-time. The flow of this album is pure like water and yet it’s as melodic as heaven. Jay Dee’s production is so stellar on this album, that I’m fairly sure it will always withstand the test of time. From Jay Dee’s earlier Ummah sound, to the spaced out synth that he implemented later in his career, Fantastic, Vol. 2 has it all. Baatin, T3 & Jay Dee all sculpt to these tracks like clay and even though they aren’t the wittiest emcees in the world, this album is still utterly amazing. Continue reading

Black Milk Broadcast, R.I.P. Baatin

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Black Milk dedicated an episode of his show Black Milk Broadcast to his good friend, and comrade Baatin. If you recall, on the track “Long Story Short”, Black spits “My kinfolk went on tour, roadie for Slum Vil/He got a beat CD in the hands of Baatin/didn’t hear from em’ til they got back to Michigan..”. That’s right, if there was no Baatin there may not have ever been a Black Milk. Black adresses right away that Baatin was the one that got him into the music game. In the video Black Milk reminisces about making music with Baatin, as well as how he was influenced by Tin. At the end of the video Black shows some video footage from a Slum Village music video shoot for their upcoming album Manifesto.

As I said before, Baatin was one hell of an emcee and embassador to Detroit Hip-Hop. He will be dearly missed, and he will always be in the prayers of true Hip-Hop heads.

Spotted @2DopeBoyz

R.I.P. Titus “Baatin” Glover

Posted in Music News, Video with tags , , on Sunday, August 2, 2009 by Tim Althaus


I was utterly saddened and extremely expressionless yesterday when I heard that Baatin passed away. One of my colleagues sent me a Blackberry Message asking if “I heard the dude from Slum Village passed”? I almost thought he was bullshitting me right away, but I know he wouldn’t mess around with me when it came to Detroit Hip-Hop. I immediately sent him a message asking him (not sure why) if it was Baatin. He sent me a message that confirmed my previous question. I still to this moment can’t believe it, I almost feel like the whole situation is surreal. Baatin is absolutely seminal when it comes to talking about the Detroit Hip-Hop scene. He was the co-founder of Slum Village, which is easily one of my favorite groups of all-time. I simply don’t know if the Detroit scene would be anywhere near what it is today without Baatin. Detroit as well as the world of Hip-Hop lost an embassador yesterday. My heart goes out to Baatin’s family and everybody that was close to him, you’ve lost an extraordinary human being.

There’s only one thing we can all do now:


Editor’s Note: ?uestlove actually wrote a great piece on Baatin & Slum Village which you can read here.