Fixtures of Detroit's underground hip-hop scene, Slum Village managed to persevere despite several line-up changes, mental illness, and deaths in the family. The group originally formed in the mid '90s as the trio of Baatin, T3, and the soon-to-be legendary DJ/MC Jay Dee. Dilla left in 2002 and was replaced by rapper Elzhi, who would stay on following Baatin's departure due to struggles with schizophrenia. Despite the tumult, Slum Village released numerous excellent recordings that harked back to hip-hop's golden age, replete with jazzy licks, clever lyrics, and a consciousness vibe associated with a bygone era in rap. Sadly, Slum Village was dealt another blow when alum J Dilla passed away in 2006 from complications due to Lupus.