( Past. Present, and Future ),Constantly crafting lyrical works of art, Slum Village is well known for their incredible talents which continue to shine on Trinity. No-nonsense rhymes, emphatic beats, and fantastic soul grooves light up the album from all directions. Felt deep in the souls of listeners, the music on Trinity reaches deep to draw another element to the experience. 23 tracks, 68 minutes of powerful hip hop music at its best.
Trinity sets off with “Choir” which is a short interlude type songs, preceding a track titled “Intro” which has an identity that is self explanatory. Both tracks hinder re-playability, and really don’t contribute to the albums overall quality with regards to music. There are another 4 interludes featured on the album, all of which hinder the albums flow. In fact, two of those interludes are at the end of the album; therefore, when the album is looped, fans are exposed to four (4) interludes in a row which evidently will lead to fans reaching high for the skip button. Credit does need to be given though, as the interludes featured on Trinity are clearly identified on the album cover, and for the most part are amongst the best, most musical contributing interludes featured on an album; however, still more of a hindrance than a positive contribution. Fans would instead much rather 2 or 3 more stellar quality, full length songs.
The album “really” begins with track 3, “Insane” which is the first sign of stellar material fans are exposed. Bass twines some incredible melodic interplay, easily appeasing the cravings of listeners for that classic Slum Village sound. The album continues with hot tracks such as “Tainted”, “La La”, “Slumber”, “Get Live”, and “Harmony”. All of which feature magnificent rhymes, and beats. Production contributions come from Jay Dee, Waajeed O’Bryant, Harriem Riggins and Slum Village’s own T3. Jay Dee’s efforts only appear on two tracks, which may have some fans upset; however, all of the other artists that contributed on the production angle did a fantastic job of building on the classic Slum Village sound to raise it another notch. All of the producers on deck earn points for their creative talents which enhance the Trinity experience. T-3, Baatin and new member Elzhi compliment one another well on the vocal contributions, each dishing out smoothly laid, but very blunt lyrics; however, still retaining their own style which together create something beautiful like when the stars align. Dropping science on wack emcee’s, and romantic inductions into the art of seducing females is just some of the material the group touches upon, easy topics for fans world wide to relate. Variance in style of the songs also highlights this album. Trinity is not a collection of “clone” tracks; but rather, an assortment of different flavored goodies, each having their own defining shape, and elements.
Slum Village is a group with their own vibe, and unparallel sound. Originally unique with their music, and Trinity is no deviant from this rule. Always full of surprises for fans to embrace with delight. “Mad Insight” that shines through the darkest of nights, highlighting each rhyme spoken through the mic.
Ear catching, powerful rhymes, and beats bless Trinity, and make it massively appealing to fans world wide. Trinity is a must listen, and mandatory stocking for any fans collection. Trinity is more than music featured on an album, it’s a whole experience in itself. Standing on its own as a keystone album, Trinity is a instant classic.