MCs Baatin, Jay Dee, and T3 formed during high school days and quickly garnered praise and recognition in the local underground scene.
In the mid-'90s, Jay Dee became part of the hip-hop elite as a member of The Ummah, the production team responsible for multiple hits by Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo, the Pharcyde, De La Soul and Common - as well as remixes for Janet Jackson and Brand New Heavies.
In 2000 the collective released Fantastic Vol. 2, an album featuring appearances from D'Angelo, Q-Tip and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
The single Tainted broke their silence in the summer of 2002 and became a growing hit on MTV2, followed by the album Trinity (Past, Present and Future), which introduced new member, Elzhi.
Later that year, Slum Village released Dirty District, a compilation of Detroit MCs produced by T3 and compatriot RJ Rice.
By the time recording began for their fourth proper album, Baatin was gone from the lineup, a victim of schizophrenia that briefly incapacitated him (he later mounted a solo career).
T3 and Elzhi picked up the slack by inviting high-profile guests including Dirt McGirt and Kanye West and Capitol released the results, Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit), in June 2004.
T3 - MC
Elzhi – Mc
Dez - DJ