Two more years went by before the group was heard from, but "Tainted"
broke their silence in the summer of 2002 to become a growing hit on
MTV2. The album that followed, Trinity (Past, Present and Future),
boasted fewer guest appearances and a well-rounded combination of the
first album's rough-and-tumble productions with the second album's
soulful vibe. The record also featured Jay Dee in a reduced role, with new member Elzhi picking up the slack. Later that year, Slum Village released Dirty District, a compilation of Detroit MCs produced by T3 and compatriot RJ Rice. By the time recording began for their fourth proper album, Baatin was gone from the lineup, a victim of schizophrenia that briefly incapacitated him (he later mounted a solo career). T3 and Elzhi picked up the slack by inviting high-profile guests including Dirt McGirt and Kanye West, and Capitol released the results, Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit), in June 2004. A year later, Slum Village was off the label, making the move back to the independent Barak. The mixtape Prequel to A Classic announced the 2005 release of the duo's self-titled full-length.