Villa Manifesto

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Villa Manifesto
Villa manifesto-cover.jpg
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. Illa J, J Dilla's younger brother, is also featured on the album as well as production from Young RJ making it the first Slum Village LP to feature all six 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 Posdnuos & Phife Dawg) Young RJ 4:15
4. "Earl Flinn"   Young RJ 3:04
5. "Faster" (featuring Colin Munroe) Young RJ 3:36
6. "2000 Beyond"   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]