Live Review: Slum Village @ The Jazz Cafe
I recently saw T3, Illa J and Young RJ, better known as hip-hop veterans Slum Village, take over Camden’s Jazz Cafe. Arriving on stage with black caps and shades to match, T3 and Illa J hit the mics, with Young RJ spinning on the decks - it was time to party the Slum way. With an impressive set list, Slum threw out tracks from their back catalogue of albums, allowing us to sample some of their new material whilst dropping some of their best collaborative crowd pleasers...
Much loved tracks ‘I don’t know’ and ‘Climax’ from their album ‘Fantastic Volume 2’ went down well with the crowd, however it was ‘Fall in Love’ which evoked a huge roar of approval as soon as the beat dropped. The show swiftly moved through tracks including ‘The Look of Love’ from ‘Fantastic Volume 1’, to the funky ‘Do You’ from the ‘Detroit Deli’ album. They then started throwing out some crowd pleasers with the Dwele collaboration ‘Call me’ and the Kanye West produced hit ‘Selfish’, at which point Young RJ jumped in to the crowd to boogie with the ladies at the front. The Dilla produced Common hit ‘Theolonius’ from his infamous ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ album also went down a treat with this particular audience.
Slum worked the stage and the crowd hard, hitting them with real hip-hop, ‘no Hollywood’, telling them to put ‘Your L’s in the air if you love hip-hop’ but it just seemed that the traditional Slum crowd was not in the house tonight.
With a jam packed, joint ridden show complete, I then had the pleasure of meeting the three guys backstage to discuss their thoughts on the show, the legacy of Dilla, the Elzhi rumours and much more. Check out my interview, which will be coming to The Wrap Up very soon!
Words: Lori Lane (@Gleaming_Gem)