Trinity (Past, Present and Future)

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  • Summary: The Detroit hip-hop trio returns with a sophomore LP, following a well-received 2000 debut album. Founding member Jay Dee is no longer with the group (and has been replaced by rapper Elzhi), although he guest produces three tracks.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
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  1. What Trinity lacks in consistency, it more than makes up for in ambition and eclecticism, as Slum Village careens assuredly from aggressive, sinister dance-rap to funky minimalism to blissed-out soul.
  2. With an uplifting mellow party vibe, ear-catching rhymes and a Zen-like minimalist style that takes decades of music and points them toward the future, Trinity stands tall on its own.
  3. 70
    Trinity is a more diverse album than their last, but there are times when the songs feel too disjointed.
  4. Mixer
    As a document of solid, if not always spectacular, post-modern hip-hop that dips into soul and R&B, Trinity is worth the money. [Aug 2002, p.82]
  5. Despite a bloated track listing and a mostly overblown concept, though, Trinity (Past, Present and Future) is an excellent statement from one of the most mature groups in the rap underground.
  6. After a few tracks, it becomes increasingly more difficult to ignore the pathetic lyrics and boring flows-- even the production seems redundant, bland, and horribly imitative and regressive.
  7. Trinity drags from track to heavily blunted track like a doped-up Tribe Called Quest, vainly searching for the group's warm and soulful vibe of yesteryear.

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