The man behind Common and De La Soul has parted company with Slum Village, his longtime group...

JAY DEE, renowned hip hop producer behind acts such as COMMON and DE LA SOUL, as well as being associate of artists such as ERYKAH BADU, Q-TIP, MOS DEF and D’ANGELO has parted company with his long-time group SLUM VILLAGE, NMEHIPHOP.COM can exclusively reveal .

Jay Dee made up the trio Slum Village along with T3 and Baatin but did not join the group on recent promo trips to the UK, sparking rumours of his departure. Speaking to NMEHIPHOP.COM, the star said: “They’re working right now. Slum Village consists of two MCs, whereas last year there were three. Which is a little different. Other than that there’s an album coming. Everybody is still family, none of that crazy behind the scenes you know, like Wu-Tang fighting thing goin’ on. So don’t get it twisted. We all the real deal you know. Keepin’ the house clean!”

He also revealed that his new label, McNasty, is set for launch.

“We’ve just finished signing the McNasty label deal, this is my baby, this is my label,” he said. “This is where all the treats are gonna come out of. This is my first group ,Frank N Dank right here, distributed by MCA Universal”.

Dee also said he was busy in the studio with a number of his old friends.

“Just working with Busta, new Common, Erykah – this list goes on, it’s crazy. I’ve been doing a lot of work, a lot of work! I’ve just been in the cave just banging out beats. I haven’t been out of the house in a month!”

Jay Dee has just released his first solo single, ‘Pause’ featuring Frank & Dank which is out now, taken from his highly anticipated debut solo album entitled, ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’. The album will be released through BBE as part of ‘The Beat Generation’ series, which will also see albums from influential artists such as Pete Rock, Marley Marl and 88 Keys amongst others.

‘Welcome To Detroit’ features 16 tracks including a reworking of Donald Byrd’s ‘Think Twice’.

“One of my favourite Donald Byrd tracks is ‘Think Twice’, and I didn’t want to sample it,” explained Dee. “I’ve always enjoyed when other people have sampled it, so I wanted to instead of making a beat with it or something like that, or freak the beat of whatever. I wanted to just recreate it in my own way, like how I heard it. That’s basically it, I wanted to create it for the beat diggers, like how would you find a record on 45 with the arrangements, which I got from Ahmir Thompson of The Roots, you know just listen to him, getting the live feel, which is hard to do.”

The Jay Dee video interview will be on WWW.NMEHIPHOP.COM next week. You can read

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