Moving on from New York to Detroit, Motor Town, known from its soul legacy. One can still hear the influence of Berry Gordy’s Golden Age on the music created by the veteran group Slum Village.
In the spirit of A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village has managed to stay true to the sound in spite of the changes. To my honest opinion, people have been sleeping on SV after Dilla (R.I.P.) went solo in 2002.
For example the strong “Slum Village” album (2005) seemed to remain in the shadows of the similar sound of Little Brother.
The Slept On -series goes thru music that has gained relatively too little attention.
I’ve noticed that many people have been sleeping on the artist / producer named Marco Polo. Marco, from Toronto, made it to the “A Long Hot Summer” album by Masta Ace. It is said that since Masta Ace didn’t have any budget left, Ace recorded a song for Marco Polo as an exchange. The song became the first single and essential part of the “Port Authority” album (2007).
Marco Polo feat. Masta Ace - Nostalgia
PS. If you like tune, you might want to check out the group called EMC (= Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline & Stricklin).
Even though Game isn’t the usual choice for slow jams, this one has some serious vibes. The last song of the “LAX” album, released in the Fall, is a tribute to Martin Luther King. Game goes almost profound - that’s some new…
The soulful beat full of feeling is provided by Hi-Tek.
The Game feat. Nas - Letter To The King (prod. Hi-Tek)
New album of this producer-genius features e.g. M.O.P, Evidence, Alchemist, Prodigy, MF Doom, Little Brother, Busta Rhymes, Royce Da 5′9”, Elzhi, Black Milk, Freeway, Brother Ali, Young Buck ja Slug. Jake is definitely a speciality, since his beats are so widely used; from MF Doom to 50 Cent. The man himself said, that for example Little Brother and 50 are reaching actually on the same beats!