SLUM VILLAGE Trinity (EMI) Rating: NN Rating: NN
Even Slum Village's hardcore fans would agree that what set the Detroit crew apart from the rest of the hiphop underground was the beats of in-house producer Jay Dee. Strip those away and what are you left with? Not much. Trinity, the follow-up to Slum Village's classic Fantastic Vol. 2 disc, is about as smooth but as uninteresting as a hiphop record can get, which is surprising given the trio's usual energy and inventiveness. Producing the record themselves in Jay Dee's absence was a mistake, and even Jay Dee's two contributions sound like throwaways. The only real highlights are provided by rising Detroit soul star Dwele, who sings strongly but can't juice up Trinity alone.