Lupe Fiasco to Breathe Life Into Baatin in Animated Film

When news broke this past August that founding Slum Village member Baatin had passed away, the hip-hop community took the Detroit MC’s death hard. Such was the case for Miami-based rapper/producer/singer Jack Splash, who recently leaked a tribute record entitled, “Baatin (Missing U…).” [Listen here].

The record will be featured on Jack’s upcoming DJ Skee-hosted mixtape, Heir To The Throne, Vol 1, which drops next Wednesday (November 11). It’s one of three mixtapes to promote his upcoming Jive debut, Technology & Love Will Save Us All, which is scheduled for a March release.

According to the rap rookie—who just completed production work on Cee-Lo’s next LP—Baatin was a very close friend and mentor to him and actually saved his life when he was going through a tough time. Jack raps, “When I lost my hope and I could not do it/It was you, Baatin, that got me through it/And you told me if I fight for love they gon’ fight this/Teardrops on the paper as I write this.”

Baatin has had such a great impact on Jack’s life that he used the fallen MC as inspiration for the main character—which will be voiced by Lupe Fiasco—in his animated film scheduled to come out next year. “You never knew I was making a movie for you,” Jack rhymes. “When they thought you were crazy I still adored you/It ain’t over, you ain’t done yet/You the only real superhero that I ever met/So I’m getting a tattoo to remind me daily/That if love’s insane they can call me crazy… I swear to God you were the robot with the heart of gold/Don’t worry Baatin this is just the first episode/And it was fun while it lasted/So I hope you back with Dilla making something fantastic.” —Anslem Samuel

  • Mika

    Rest in Peace Baatin

  • capcobra

    the dude in the pic look like an old ass nature..lol…r.i.p baatin.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    A cross between Steve Urkel & Kardil Offishal (lol)

  • http://xxlmag.com Blakout615

    R.i.p. Baatin
    Never heard of jack splash but those were sum good lyrics

  • knoccout

    jack Splash is hella old school, he’s been getting it in

  • Kris

    Just checked out that new Jack Splash, and this dude has a lot of upside. Sounds like a new age Prince with a more hip hop flow to his vocals, he’s definitely a great artist. Check him out.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jacksplash Aubree

    Damn sad to hear..Im excited to hear the tracks on the mixtape though. Nov 11th..Keep an ear out.

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  • tony

    Jack Splash is an amazing artist. Can’t wait for his mixtape to drop.

  • Matt

    I really like this Jack Splash guy, his sound is so unique and fresh!

  • Sammy

    Jack splash seems pretty tight… very nice lyrics about baatin though.
    definitely gonna check him out

  • WILLW

    wtf…who advertises on a blog dedicated to the deceased???

    aside from that, jack splash surprised me…good shit and baatin will forever live on with songs like this

  • http://www.you-sexcam.org/ Shirley

    This is your best writing yet!