Concert Review: Slum Village at The Imperial

Wednesday 03rd, July 2019 / 13:43

By April Summers

Photo by Tenzing Lama

Imperial Vancouver
Tuesday, June 25

Hip-hop heads were treated to a showcase of skilled artists paying tribute to the genre when Slum Village checked into the Imperial with their stylings of old school lyrical prowess.

Photo by Tenzing Lama

Their set played out like a Greatest Hits compilation, with co-founder T3 joined on stage by the impressive Young RJ.
The unforgettable beats and flawless flows of Slum Village proved timeless as an infectious bout of head bopping broke out when they dropped their 2002 classic, “Tainted.”

 

Photo by Tenzing Lama

It would be remiss to not address the J Dilla shaped elephant in the room, considering he produced the majority of their work. Since the legendary producer’s passing, the rap group have continued to fly the flag high in his honour.
Slum fans had come for their dose of old school hip-hop and bangers like “Get Dis Money,” “Thelonious” and “Fall in Love” had the chill crowd hanging on to every word of the magnetic emcees.

The seasoned performers succumbed to calls for an encore, toasting their fallen friend as they finished with their Kanye collaboration “Selfish,” a ditty which bangs just as hard in 2019 as it did in the early 00s.