Villa Manifesto

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Villa Manifesto
Studio album by Slum Village
Released July 27, 2010[1]
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Hip hop
Length 46:43
Label E1 Records, Ne'Astra Music Group
Producer Young RJ, J Dilla, Mr. Porter, T3, Dave West, Hi-Tek, Khrysis
Slum Village chronology
Villa Manifesto EP
Villa Manifesto
Singles from Villa Manifesto
  1. "Faster"
    Released: June 1, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B[3]
aboveGround Magazine (13.75/20)[4] 4/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (7.1/10)[7]
PopMatters 8/10 medals[8]
Prefix Magazine (7/10)[9]
RapReviews (8/10)[10]
Spin (6/10)[11]

Villa Manifesto is the sixth studio album by Detroit hip hop group Slum Village. It was released on July 27, 2010, via E1 Records.[1]


Villa Manifesto serves as both a reunion and a memorial album. Two late founding members of the group (Baatin, J Dilla) will appear posthumously as main artists of the album alongside T3 and Elzhi, and Illa J, J Dilla's younger brother, is also featured on the album, making it the first Slum Village LP to feature all five members. Founding member T3 stated: "I wanted to pull the whole squad together. The reason why we call it Villa Manifesto is that it was a statement we want to give our people because we had been away for so long. What we're doing, what's going on, how we're feeling and where we're at today."[1] T3 has stated via Twitter that it is their final studio album.[12] But, in a new interview with Billboard, he clarified: "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."[12]


Baatin, who has reunited with the group in 2008 prior to his death the year after, has worked on nearly twenty songs, and unreleased vocals from J Dilla are featured on four songs. Guest appearances includes De La Soul, Little Brother, Colin Munroe, Dwele and Phife Dawg. A bulk of production was handled by Young RJ. The album also features productions by Mr. Porter, Dave West, Khrysis, Hi-Tek, T3, and unreleased production from J Dilla.[13]


  • "Faster" has been confirmed as the first single, featuring Canadian singer Colin Munroe, and was released on June 1, 2010.[1][14] A video for the song was made and released on July 12, 2010.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Bare Witness" (featuring DJ Babu) Khrysis 2:30
2. "Lock It Down"   J Dilla 3:18
3. "Scheming" (featuring J Dilla, Posdnuos of De La Soul & Phife) Young RJ 4:15
4. "Earl Flinn"   Young RJ 3:04
5. "Faster" (featuring Colin Munroe) Young RJ 3:36
6. "2000 Beyond" (featuring J Dilla) Young RJ 2:53
7. "Dance" (featuring AB) Supa Dave West 2:45
8. "Don't Fight the Feeling/Daylight" (featuring Dwele) Mr. Porter & T3 7:24
9. "Um Um" (featuring Keys) Young RJ 3:33
10. "The Set Up"   Hi-Tek 3:51
11. "The Reunion, Pt. 2"   Young RJ 3:09
12. "Where Do We Go from Here" (featuring Little Brother) Young RJ 2:52
13. "We'll Show You" (featuring AB) J Dilla 2:46
Total length:


  1. ^ a b c d E1 Records: Slum Village
  2. ^ Lymangrover, Jason. "Villa Manifesto - Slum Village | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Retrieved 18 Nov 2013. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (3 Aug 2010). "Slum Village: Villa Manifesto · The A.V. Club". Retrieved 18 Nov 2013. 
  4. ^ Ledezma, Dominick 'BIG D O' (9 Aug 2010). "Review: Slum Village – Villa Manifesto | aboveGround Magazine". Retrieved 18 Nov 2013. 
  5. ^ Nathan S. "Slum Village - Villa Manifesto - Hip Hop Album Review". Retrieved 13 Mar 2012. 
  6. ^ Burgess, Omar (28 Jul 2010). "Slum Village - Villa Manifesto | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews | HipHop DX". Retrieved 18 Nov 2013. 
  7. ^ "Slum Village: Villa Manifesto | Album Reviews". 28 Jul 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Amidon, David (15 Aug 2010). "Slum Village: Villa Manifesto | PopMatters". Retrieved 18 Nov 2013. 
  9. ^ Jenkins, Craig (2 Sep 2010). "Album Review: Slum Village - Villa Manifesto". Retrieved 18 Nov 2013. 
  10. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (27 Jul 2010). "Slum Village :: Villa Manifesto :: Ne'Astra Music/E1 Entertainment". Retrieved 18 Nov 2013. 
  11. ^ Reeves, Mosi (14 Jul 2010). "Slum Village, 'Villa Manifesto' Review". Retrieved 18 Nov 2013. 
  12. ^ a b T3 Confirms "Villa Manifesto" To Be Final Slum Village Album
  13. ^ Tracklisting For Slum Village's "Villa Manifesto" Revealed
  14. ^ Dilla On Deck For Slum Village’s “Manifesto”, First Single “Faster” With Colin Munroe
  15. ^ Slum Village Feat. Colin Munroe “Faster” [VIDEO]