Trinity (Past, Present & Future)
Slum Village
Capitol / EMI
Ranking 6.5/10

Slum Village's last album, Fantastic Volume 2, gave me the impression that this hip hop trio were bordering on blooming. Since then Jay Dee has left the group and been replaced by Detroit native, Elzhi. Despite this chemistry change, Slum Village's latest album, Trinity, seems to lack an expected progression.

Trinity is again graced by Slum Village's characteristically mellow style. However, with the departure of Jay Dee, the beats seem to pale slightly in comparison to vintage SV. As well, the 23 tracks on the album make for a long listen. Despite the fact that many of the tracks are interludes, the overall feel is chaotic and lacks cohesion.

On the plus side, Slum Village is able to put together some truly bangin' songs. The first two singles, 'One' and 'Tainted' are both amazing and are possibly the best cuts on the album. (Slum Village sure knows how to market themselves!) Other impressive tracks include 'Lets,' 'Get Live,' 'Harmony,' and '80s Skit.'

Slum Village had a great opportunity to put forth an amazing album. Had they cut their album down from 23 tracks to say 14-15, it would have been just that - amazing. Instead, I found myself falling in and out of the SV groove as the album progressed. If you enjoy R&B hooked mellow hip-hop than this album is worth picking up.

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This review was written September 6, 2002