Slum Village rapper Baatin Dies at 35


The music world is reacting to the death of Slum Villages’ Baatin. Baatin of Slum Village has died, his death prompting fans and industry leaders to send their love Saturday.

9th Wonder wrote:

“R.I.P. Baatin of Slum Village. Lets celebrate our people while they are here…we are losing folk”

Dwele wrote the following:

“R.I.P Baatin of Slum Village forever”

Baatin was set to join Elzhi and T3 on a 2009 release Villa Manifesto. As of noon Pacific Time, few details have been released about Baatin’s cause of death, and when it happened. Baatin’s co founder James (J. Dilla) Yancey passed in 2006.

Slum Village albums included the following:

Studio Albums
1997 Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1) (official release: 2005 through Counterflow Records)
2000 Fantastic, Vol. 2 (GoodVibe Recordings)
2002 Trinity (Past, Present and Future) (Barak/Capitol Records)
2004 Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit) ([Capitol Records])
2005 Slum Village (Barak Records)
2009 Villa Manifesto


2000 Best Kept Secret (under the alias J-88) (Groove Attack Productions)
2002 Dirty District (Sequence Records)
2005 Prequel to a Classic (Barak Records)

T3 has said of Baatin’s return with Illa J this year:

“Slum Village is totally not that at all. I’m incorporating Baatin, and I’m putting Illa J in-not to take Dilla’s place, but just to have that essence of Dilla on this new project.

“I’m pulling together all the producers that we’ve used before-Black Milk, Wajeed , Kareem Riggins, Pete Rock and all the people who have been down with SV from day one.”

Funeral arrangements have not been announced. Send your love.

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