XXcLsuive: Elzhi Speaks On Baatin’s Passing

With the sad and unfortunate passing of former Slum Village MC Baatin, XXLMag.com caught up with fellow group member Elzhi to find out how the group is coping.

Despite the death of Baatin, born Titus Glover, SV have decided to continue touring. “I’m not gonna talk about missing a member, I just say, you know we doing what we do,” he said. “We still gonna bring a live show to you and the tour has been cool.”

Although at first reluctant to speak about Baatin, Elz wanted to share his favorite aspects of the rapper with the true fans, not the people that became interested only after hearing about the fallen MC’s death. “Man, I mean the fans know what they remember about him,” he said. “I mean, you can’t… what he gives and what he gave to hip-hop you couldn’t get it nowhere, from not just the lyrics but the way that he changed his voice on every track or the way that he posed on a camera. Just his whole being was so different from what everybody else is doing. He’s always been eccentric and authentic and the real fans know that. The real fans know that.”

“The only reason why I’m not really saying too much is because, I mean, it’s a double edge,” he continued. “It’s people that kinda want to get in on the tail end and act like they knew what it was about and it’s some people that really know what it’s about and those people that know what it’s about know what it’s about without me speaking it out in a publication or speaking it out in a statement. They already know what it’s about and those are the people that I care about.”

Titus “Baatin” Glover was found dead on the 14000 block of Anglin Street in his hometown of Detroit on August 1. At just 35-years-old, he is the second member of the group to die after seminal producer J Dilla passed in February of ’06. Although the cause of his death is still uncertain, the Detroit Free Press reported that the MC had an ongoing battling mental illness and addiction. He suffered from schizophrenia. When diagnosed in 2002 he left the group for a short period, before recently returning. He will be featured on the group’s new disc, Villa Manifesto, scheduled for a September 22 release. –Max G with reporting by Clover Hope

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  • General

    Prayers go out to the family and the group. It is said too many artists don’t get their shine while they are here…


  • melvin

    R.I.P Brother much love 2 slum village

  • AboutTime

    damn its about time we get some real hip hop shit on here. I don’t usually post but i been reading all these comments for about 6 months now and i just gotta say the comission knows what the f*** is happening out there, but pierzy lately u been seeming bitter man, where’s the insightful shit u were posting a couple months ago?

  • D-Block

    rest in peace to a true legend BAATIN we miss you man, i know that dilla and baatin are already makin some new shit haha

  • El Tico Loco

    I heard about this Saturday night listening to the radio (college radio of course). I’m starting to believe there’s a curse on Michigan rappers. R.I.P.

  • John Cauner

    Been playing FANTASTIC, vol. 2 lately. Rest In Power Baatin.

  • latino heat

    first off r.i.p. to Baatin. from a true long time Slum Village fan. it’s sad to say but Elzhi should already know that’s how it goes with an artists death. the dick riders come out of the woodwork.

    2ns thing fuck XXL for waiting four fuckin days to report on his passing. you guys are the first to report on the most meaningless shit in the world. Lil Wayne and T.I.’s daughters are getting a reality show? throw it on the site asap! but some real tragic shit happens and we don’t even know about it for four days. this is bullshit. you also failed to report that he was even back with the group which i didn’t know about till just now.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/EmCDL EmCDL

    R.I.P. Baatin…damn, another rapper lost…

  • P. Harris

    Damn… R.I.P.

    Huge SV fan since J88 dropped…


  • Brooklyn ‘Lo

    R.I.P. Baatin.

  • http://omanxl1.blogspot.com Brotha O

    r.i.p baatin…please!!..still rockin that old slum village up in the hooptie

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