Slum Village Rapper Baatin Dead

August 1, 2009
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Rapper Baatin, the co-founder of Slum Village, has been found dead in Detroit. Read more and see photos and video here.


Baatin was an original member of the critically acclaimed Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village. He stuck with them until 2002, when he left the group, claiming he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

After leaving the group, he focused on his solo carrer for a while, but eventually returned to work with them. Baatin reportedly reunited with the group to work on the upcoming album Villa Manifesto.

As recently as last week, he performed with the group at DTE Energy Music Theatre, and was even in a video shoot for the single Cloud 9.

Friends and fans were heavily anticipating the group getting back together, and called the news “shocking.”

Slum Village member T3 had this to say about the news of his death:

“I’m glad we got a chance to work together before he passed. We lost another Slum soldier, a dear friend and a brother. He touched many lives.”

The group came out of nowhere in the 90s with a large underground following. Supported by well-known groups such as A Tribe Called Quest, they made their national debut in 2000. Their first album Fantastic Vol. 2 gained quite a bit of attention from fans around the country, but their first major release, Trinity, is what put them on the map.

He has left behind a 9 year old son, and a 1 year old daughter. RIP Baatin, you will be missed.

See photos and video below.


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