After reports of Slum Village‘s Elzihi breaking away to pursue a solo career, the group’s management has released a statement to SOHH promising the legacy will continue on.
Based on a statement from Slum Village’s management, founding member T3 has no plans of retiring the brand.
“When Slum Village hits the stage, it will be the same Slum Village that SV fans got with Detroit Deli and other previous Slum Village albums, minus of course, J Dilla and Baatin. However, in taking the Slum Village legacy into hip-hop’s new millenium, founding SV member T3 has also set out to take Slum Village as a brand to the next level.” (Statement)
Initial speculation on internal conflict began to develop after Elzhi made a few Twitter remarks earlier in the week.
“Not sure what’s going on….I hope Slum Village’s label and T3’s manager respect what I do for SV. Either way I appreciate yall support,” he wrote Tuesday (June 29). (eLZhi’s Twitter)
This was then followed by Elzhi’s manager, Hex Murda, revealing his disassociation with future Slum Village projects.
“For all intents and purposes concerning eLZhi, Slum Village is defunct. This is the last SV LP. We look forward to bringing you eLZhi’s solo project, The Feed. Until then, check him out on Black Milk’s new opus, Album Of The Year, [in stores] 9/14.” (XXL Mag)
Last summer, T3 said Villa Manifesto would drop in September 2009.
“Our album is dropping in September,” he said in an interview. “The album had already been recorded before he passed. God rest his soul. The guy was a hard worker and he completed a whole album before he passed. I’m the only founding member of Slum Village left and I have to go harder and I have to rep the name harder because I’m the only founding member. In light of being hurt and sad, which I am, I gotta keep motivating…I gotta take this opportunity to let people know about the Slum Village legacy and what we all put down. I’m still here man and I carry those brothers in my heart…Slum Village kinda stands for Detroit. Detroit has been through so much adversity and that’s what [motivated] us…We still here paying dues…I didn’t really want to go to the funeral but I gotta show all the people who are dependent on us that I’m still strong…I tell this to everybody, cherish the people you love and care for while they here man, and not when they pass.” (On-Air Idiots)
Villa Manifesto is expected to drop July 2010.
Check out Slum Village’s “Selfish” music video below: