Earlier today (August 11) the funeral for Baatin, one of the founding members of rap group Slum Village, took place in his hometown of Detroit.
The Detroit Free Press reports that over 200 friends and family members attended the service at the Greater Future Missionary Baptist Church, included Slum Village group mates Elzhi and T3.
Baatin, who was born Titus Glover, was found dead on August 1 on the 14000 block of Anglin Street in Detroit. Although the cause of his death is still uncertain, the Free Press reported that the MC had an ongoing battle with mental illness and addiction and suffered from schizophrenia. He is the second member od SV to pass away since beloved producer J Dilla’s death in 2006 of lupus.
XXLMag.com spoke with Elzhi last week about what he will remember most about Baatin. “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.”
“It’s been rough,” Baatin’s older brother Wendell Scott told the Free Press. “But it’s been nothing but an outpouring of support from the hip-hop community —a lot of love.”
A tribute to the fallen rapper will take place at 9 p.m. tonight at famed motor city club The Shelter.