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A Song That Makes You Sad - Slum Village "Reunion"
The story of Slum Village's trials and tribulations is one that is way too long for this post but a lot of it was laid out openly and honestly on "Reunion". At the time the group, by now reduced to just T3 and Elzhi, released Detroit Deli, a proper reunion seemed welcome. It was great hearing Jay Dee back with SV, if only for just one song, and while it was reportedly supposed to include Baatin as well, it sadly never happened. And that's a damn shame because Black Milk laid down one hell of a beat for the occasion.
But the most eye-opening, and perhaps tragic, moment comes during Elzhi's closing verse directed towards Baatin. While initially perceived as a diss towards his former group member, it was an open letter to a friend that had lost his way outside of the music. It was both a plea to Baatin to get his life in order and it also gave fans a peek into the rumors surrounding his absence in the group. Just like in any family, reunions are meant to be a time for reminsicing and appreciation of your loved ones but it can also bring up issues that linger and most of us would rather ignore. SV is undoubtedly one of this generations most influential groups and it's sad that one of their last times together on record took such a turn - but it's also where the beauty in such a remarkable song lies.