Slum Village began several years ago as a musical union between rappers Baatin and T3 and producer Jay Dee, who grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit. The group issued a handful of indie singles in the area and were steeped in the city's rich music scene. Even before they properly released anything to the public, Slum Village were being heralded as next-generation torch-bearers for inspired hip-hop.
Their ability to hop around and interpolate the rhythms of the sparse sound with their limber rhyme styles and unique voices was the fuel to the producer's fire. They introduced themselves to the public as a group who had a progressive vision for hip-hop's future yet still gave a nod to the continuing funk spectrum of black music through the decades.
-Taken from the Official Site of Slum Village