Producer: J Dilla
Album: Trinity (Past, Present and Future)
Label: Barak/Capitol Records
For better or worse, J Dilla left Slum Village in 2002 to pursue a solo career. He'd been replaced by Elzhi, a lyrical juggernaut from the D; but fans were concerned that the group's production might suffer—and rightfully so. Thankfully, SV was able to secure a handful of Dilla beats for their 2002 project Trinity (Past, Present & Future), but those who expected to hear Fantastic Vol. 3 were hit with a curveball.
By that time, Dilla had abandoned the sound he perfected on Vol. 2 and gone digital. The best example of this new frontier is “Let's,” which featured futuristic blips, spaced-out sound effects, and Funkadelic-inspired layered vocals. Dilla's production had gone from warm and comforting to straight-up spooky.