Thursday night is gonna be the illest! Why you ask? It’s basic math son. For one, Slum Village is coming to Montreal, nuff said. Now for those of you who’ve been living under the bad-rap-and-shit-beats rock over the past 16 years Slum Village is a Detroit rooted group that was formed by the late and great J Dilla (RIP), Baatin (RIP) along side the sole living original member T3. Back in ’96 these cats were reinventing the game with tracks like “look of love and ” 2 U 4 U”. That unique slum sound has shaped so many ‘heads that it is a little bitter sweet to experience SV without Dilla and Baatin but who better to carry on the legacy than T3, Young RJ and Illa J. As a matter a fact they’ve showcased how well they can carry the torch with the recent release of Dirty Slums which is making waves in the hip hop community so trust me I’m pretty psyched to see them perform it live. For two, they’re bringing along BiG Pooh! ‘what?!’ yup you read right Big Pooh will be in Montreal along side Slum Village. Oh but wait I haven’t mentioned the best part of all this. You know how sometimes you go see your favorite artists and they have some crap opening act that just kills your mood *ahem do I really need to mention last Thursday’s disaster* well fear not cause Dr.Mad is here to save the day. Yes our main man, producer extraordinaire Dr. Mad is going to be opening for Slum Village and he’s bringing along the Alaiz fam. On a personal tip I am so absolutely proud and happy for our homeboy but on a fan tip I’m even more psyched cause I know Mad is gonna pull out the big guns for this show. Imagine opening for the group that made you become a producer… EPIC! All of this and the tickets are 15$ :O .. yup musicismysanctuary really knows how to feed hungry hip hop mouths.
So do I even need to say it..GET YOUR TIX NOW!!! it’s gonna be an amazing night. To get prepped for night you might wanna check out Dr.Mad’s Favorite Slum Village tracks, as well his bandcamp. Stream or cop yourself the new Dirty Slums mixtape from SV and well rest and hydrate.. you’re gonna need the energy.
I personally am already ready to fall in love all over again
I set out expecting to write about how disappointing it is when amazing artists kind of fall by the wayside, and stop putting music out. Originally this section was supposed to be devoted to doing album reviews of, you know, current NEW albums. But let’s face it, I’m not that cool, I tend to find out about things way later than everyone else. I also tend to tangent when I need to focus, like I tried listening to music that came out this week, but then realized all I wanted to do was put the Solillaquists of Sound on repeat and write about them. My friend and former roommate lent me their CD No More Heroes while we were living together, knowing that I would like it and oh man, do I ever. No matter how many times I listen to it I find something else that sparks me. Not only are the Solillas super smart and talented, but Heroes does something that I really respect, it calls for people to empower themselves, for individual action. Something that is especially important in these times where inaction can seem like a viable option, we have to remember the passions that drive us and not wait around for a hero to make everything all right.
In honor of J Dilla’s Birthday we played a purely Dilla set today and talked a bit about his life and impact on the Hip Hop community.
We also had to the chance to get The Narcicyst on the phone lines to talk about the huge Mtl Hip-Hop conference happening on Feb.14th called ‘Slang Democracy Rap: Deciphering the Cypher’