Detroit natives know better than most, when Slum Village‘s now classic Fantastic Vol. 1 arrived in 1997, there was no more coveted item in The Motor City. Now almost two decades later, the insta-mythos of Vol. 1 and it’s stud 200o follow-up are the only vestiges of SV’s original roster of Baatin, T3 and, of course, the late and immeasurably great, J Dilla.
And while, we here at OKP HQ (and what would we’d like to assume is the entirety of the hip-hop community) have long held those two introductory pieces as sacred and familiar sonic ground, Get On Down is readying the release of a very special new box set of the Fantastic LPs. Containing both volumes, the box set will span physical mediums and decades of Slum Village material, with three CDs holding the pair of classic volumes, plus five multicolored 45s with selections from each. A fourth CD in the set will house bonus material that features productions from Pete Rock and Madlib amongst others. According to a press release, the Fantastic box set will begin shipping in early May, but you can pre-order your copy today via the link below. Check back for updates on the release in the weeks and months ahead.