Legendary Detroit emcee and Slum Village frontman T3 has partnered with the prestigious Hip-Hop label Delicious Vinyl for his new solo album Mr. Fantastic. Entirely produced by Ruckazoid & Teeko, and featuring a previously unreleased verse by late SV member Baatin, the album is set for release on Thursday, January 23rd. Today (1.8.2019), T3 shares the album's lead single, 'Relax', featuring fellow Detroit emcees Illa J and Frank Nitt. VIBE premiered the track and spoke with T3 about the forthcoming album, his new deal with Delicious Vinyl, and more. Read the full interview, and check out the premiere here.
"'Relax' is the warm up, the preheat. With the crew on it, you know Detroit Ninjas always got a chip on the shoulder like we have something to prove. This is just to let y’all know I got some shit coming!" -T3
More About T3:
From the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan, T3 has always been known as the gel of the legendary and influential Hip-Hop group Slum Village. Celebrated for his witty flow and cadence, as well as his "stutter step" hooks, T3 continues to carry the torch for the legacy of the group, and has carved his own path since the untimely passing of co-founding members J Dilla and Baatin. "I had a premonition Baatin and J Dilla were speaking to me, outside of the conversations we had, before they both passed," explains T3. "In a nutshell they were like, 'Keep going.'" Naturally, there was no shortage of confidence in him from Dilla. Nearly 20 years ago, he knew T3 was up to the task. A line from an important talk they had resonates with him to this day. "Flashing back to the conversation I had with Dilla the day he left the group," he mentions, "Simply put, he said, 'You got it 3.'“ Now, with T3's Delicious Vinyl debut, T3 is set to keep his former groupmates' spirits and the legacy of Slum Village alive. Dilla produced numerous hits for Delicious Vinyl in the late 1990's, so T3 believes the partnership was a perfect fit for him.