Fantastic, Vol. 2

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Fantastic, Vol. 2
Studio album by Slum Village
Released June 13, 2000
Recorded 1997−1998
Genre Hip hop
Length 67:54
Label GoodVibe
Producer Jay Dee, Pete Rock, D'Angelo
Slum Village chronology
Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1)
(1997) (Bootleg)
(2005) (Official Release)
Fantastic, Vol. 2
(2000)
Best Kept Secret
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Okayplayer 5/5 stars[2]
Spin (5/10)[3]

Fantastic, Vol. 2 (also referred to as Fantastic Volume II) is the second album from Detroit's Slum Village, released in 2000. During the time of its release the group was still composed of its earliest members T3, Baatin and Jay Dee.

Overview[edit]

The album was initially completed in 1998 for A&M Records shortly before the label became obsolete, leaving Slum Village in limbo for over a year. During this period, however, the group's producer Jay Dee greatly increased his profile through work with artists such as Common, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu and A Tribe Called Quest. At the same time tremendous acclaim from 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 Goodvibe Recordings & Barak Records, and released Fantastic, Vol. 2 in summer 2000. Although sales were slow (due to heavy bootlegging[citation needed]) the group nevertheless had a huge impact on the underground circuit and were proclaimed torchbearers for the departing A Tribe Called Quest.[citation needed]

In particular Jay Dee's much lauded production work, full of subtle grooves and soul claps, was a blueprint for the direction that neo soul would take in the coming years. The album was re-released minus the original version of "Fall-N-Love", which was replaced by the remix due to sample clearance issues, as well as their collaboration with Common, "Thelonius" (which originally appeared on Common's Like Water for Chocolate).

The album's cover was designed by Waajeed (of the group Platinum Pied Pipers).

Reaction and aftermath[edit]

The album received a great deal of praise. The Phoenix New Times, for example, commented that "(Jay Dee's) production style has been subtly influencing better-recognized producers for years" and even went as far as to claim that "Slum Village is going to single-handedly save rap music".[1] The group themselves have since acknowledged the impact this record had, and while they benefited greatly from it, it has also overshadowed their later, though more commercially successful work.

The 12th track "Get Dis Money" is featured on the Office Space soundtrack

The album was re-issued as Fantastic Vol 2 10 in 2010.

Track listing[edit]

Original pressing[edit]

All tracks are solely produced by Jay Dee (J Dilla), except for "Tell Me", which is produced by D'Angelo and co-produced by Jay Dee, and "Once Upon A Time", which is produced by Pete Rock and Jay Dee. On subsequent pressings, the album includes the Jay Dee-produced songs "Thelonius" and "Who We Are" as bonus tracks. Questlove produced the preceding interlude to "Thelonius" but as the entire track is lifted from Common's Like Water For Chocolate, he is not credited.

  • All songs written by James Yancey, Titus Glover and R.L. Altman, except as noted
  1. "Intro" – 1:25
  2. "Conant Gardens" – 3:04
  3. "I Don't Know" – 2:25
  4. "Jealousy" – 4:05
  5. "Climax (Girl Shit)" – 3:31
  6. "Hold Tight" (feat. Q-Tip) (James Yancey, Titus Glover, R.L. Altman, Kamaal Fareed) – 3:12
  7. "Tell Me" (feat. D'Angelo) (James Yancey, Titus Glover, R.L. Altman, Michael Archer) – 4:37
  8. "What It's All About" (feat. Busta Rhymes) (James Yancey, Titus Glover, R.L. Altman, Trevor Smith) – 3:36
  9. "Forth and Back" (feat. Kurupt) (James Yancey, Titus Glover, R.L. Altman, Ricardo Brown) – 4:26
  10. "Untitled/Fantastic" – 3:54
  11. "Fall in Love" - 3:47
  12. "Get Dis Money" – 3:31
  13. "Raise It Up" – 4:27
  14. "CB4" – 3:45
  15. "Once Upon a Time" (feat. Pete Rock) (James Yancey, Titus Glover, R.L. Altman, Peter Phillips) – 5:54
  16. "Players" – 2:26
  17. "Eyes Up" – 4:22
  18. "2 U 4 U" – 3:08
  19. "Go Ladies" – 4:43
  20. "Thelonius" (feat. Common) (James Yancey, Titus Glover, R.L. Altman, Lonnie Lynn) - 4:29 (Hidden track)
  21. "Who Are We" - 3:44 (bonus track found on later pressings)

2010 re-release[edit]

On February 2, 2010, the album was re-released as the two-disc Fantastic Vol. 2.10, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the original album. This Barak Records release features additional tracks, alternative versions of a few songs, instrumentals, and a different intro from the original release. The songs changed or replaced are "Hold Tight", "Fourth & Back", "Once Upon a Time" and "2U 4U". This version of "Once Upon a Time" is produced by Pete Rock only. "Climax", while the same version of the song, now features a different ending followed by a skit. "Fall-N-Love" is listed as the 'original version' but is the same version to be found on the original release, this is because of some earlier presses replaced it with the 12" remixes because a sample problem. It is notable for including many small skits that appear between songs that never appeared on earlier presses.

Disc 1:

  1. Intro
  2. Conant Gardens
  3. I Don't Know (feat. Jazzy Jeff)
  4. Skit #1
  5. Jealousy
  6. Climax
  7. Hold Tight (Remix) (feat. Q-Tip)
  8. Tell Me
  9. Skit #2
  10. Fourth & Back (Original Version) (feat. Kurupt)
  11. Untitled
  12. Fall-N-Love (Original Version)
  13. Get Dis Money
  14. CB4
  15. Once Upon a Time (Pete Rock Remix) (feat. Pete Rock)
  16. Players
  17. Eyes Up
  18. 2U 4U [Live Drums]
  19. Hustle (feat. Busta Rhymes)
  20. Go Ladies
  21. Skit #3
  22. We Be Dem #1
  23. We Be Dem #2
  24. Get It Together

Disc 2:

  1. Conant Gardens (Instrumental)
  2. I Don't Know (Instrumental)
  3. Climax (Instrumental)
  4. Hold Tight (Remix) (Instrumental)
  5. Tell Me (Instrumental)
  6. Untitled (Instrumental)
  7. Fall-N-Love (Instrumental)
  8. Get Dis Money (Instrumental)
  9. CB4 (Instrumental)
  10. Players (Instrumental)
  11. Eyes Ups (Instrumental)
  12. 2U 4U (Instrumental)
  13. Hustle (Instrumental)
  14. Go Ladies (Instrumental)

Samples used[edit]

Source: Rap Sample FAQ[4]

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Get Dis Money"
  • Released: March 23, 1999
  • B-side:
"I Don't Know"
  • Released: 2000
  • B-side: "Eyes Up"
"Climax (Girl Shit)"
  • Released: August 22, 2000
  • B-side: "CB4"
"Raise It Up"
  • Released: July 16, 2001
  • B-side: "Fall In Love (Jay Dee Remix)"

Outtakes[edit]

  • "Once Upon A Time" - was originally titled "On A Mission", and was on a white label before the album's release. This version is also produced by Pete Rock, but without Jay Dee's added touches.
  • "Get Dis Money" - a version with an alternative verse from Baatin.
  • "The Hustle" (Ft. Busta Rhymes) - white label.
  • "Beej N Dem" - one of the many tracks from Slum's demo debut "Fantastic" that was re-recorded for Volume 2, this was the last and most high-end cut of this song that was released.
  • "Forth & Back" - the second of three recordingss for "Forth & Back", another song concept from "Fantastic", this version uses a more radio friendly beat, sampling Tom Browne's "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)". The order of verses remains intact, including the feature from Kurupt, except Jay, T3, and Baatin's verses are all older vocal takes with completely different lyrics.
  • "2U4U" - a version with drums by Jay Dee & Karriem Riggins.

All of these outtakes are on the rerelease of the album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Okayplayer review
  3. ^ Caramancia, John (June 2000). "Reviews". Spin (SPIN Media LLC) 16 (6): 158–159. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  4. ^ www.the-breaks.com, AKA The (Rap) Sample FAQ