Slum Village at Fox Hollow, 5/29/2013
"Baby will you call me... the moment... you get there. Don't forget about me baby!"
Judging from the crowd response at Fox Hollow last night, fans have not forgotten about the Detroit rap crew Slum Village in any way. The show carried an intimate vibe appropriate for their toned down sound and smooth lyrics. The opening DJs kept a steady stream of J-Dilla beats in rotation to set the mood, and the club provided a cool environment to complement the cool kids in attendance.
In the same vein as soul-funk/hip-hop groups such as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and The Pharcyde, Slum relies on thoughtful, gimmick-free lyrics over impeccably fluid beats. There is no room for #hashtag rap here; this is real hip-hop.
First up to bat was rapper Boi Dru of the group SOULUTIONN, whom I noted as offering "good, smooth hip-hop" with a healthy amount of confidence. A quick search on YouTube led me to the Conscious Era Productions page, which carries several videos that showcase the group's forward thinking attitude and mentality.
The year old duo consisting of spicy-tongued lady MC Tawn P and forever cool Preemo followed. Their combined force is called All Day, and with a mixture of an energetic stage presence, a just-right mix of chill and tough rhymes, and natural chemistry, this group may prove to be one of the best collaborations to come out of H-Town in a very long time. A young, talented drummer named Darius added to the high-energy set, which ended with and inspired track called "Futuristic B-Boy." I can't wait to see this duo in action again soon.