Slum Village

From07 February 2019to01 March 2019

Slum Village

Slum Village is a Detroit hip-hop group formed in 1996, hailing from the Conant Gardens neighborhood. The group have released a handful of studio albums since 2000.

The group was formed by a trio of rap battle loving pupils of Detroit’s Pershing High School, Jay Dee, T3 and Baatin, in the early 90s. They built up a following in the local underground hip-hop scene with their independent album Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol.1). Meanwhile, Jay-Dee branched out into the production world and whilst trying to find a deal for Slum Village, he came into contact with A Tribe Called Quests’ Q-Tip. The pair formed a production collective known as “The Ummah” creating tracks for the likes of Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes and Whitney Houston.

With Jay-Dee, now renamed J.Dilla creating a buzz for himself as the latest hip hop prospect and securing an opening act slot for Slum Village on A Tribe Called Quest’s farewell tour in the late 90s, the album released their first official studio album, Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol.2) in 2000. The group found major success with their third album Trinity (Past, Present and Future) released two years later. This effort saw Slum Village chart in the top 10 in the US for the first time.

Founding member Baatin left shortly after this album due to health reasons, and was replaced by another Detroit MC, Elzhi. However, J Dilla then decided to leave to focus on his own solo career, and so Slum Village operated as a duo, with T3 and Elzhi. They found success as a duo, releasing a hit single alongside Kanye West and John Legend, entitled, “Selfish”.

After J Dilla’s untimely death in 2006, T3 decided to draft in his brother, Illa J, to recreate the feel of the original Slum Village line up. They released an album in 2010 called Villa Manifesto before Elzhi decided to leave the group to go solo.


Thursday 07 February 2019

Slum Village

Trinity Centre, Bristol, UK


Friday 08 February 2019

Slum Village

Scala, London, UK


Saturday 09 February 2019

Slum Village

MK11 at The Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, UK


Tuesday 12 February 2019

Slum Village

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds, UK


Friday 15 February 2019

Slum Village

Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, UK


Saturday 16 February 2019

Slum Village

Manchester Gorilla, Manchester, UK


Tuesday 19 February 2019

Slum Village

M111, Brussels, Belgium


Wednesday 20 February 2019

Slum Village

Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Thursday 28 February 2019 – Sunday 03 March 2019

Slum Village

Les Hivernales 2019

Nyon, Switzerland


Friday 01 March 2019

Slum Village

with GZA/Genius and Jazzy Bazz

Salle Communale, Nyon, Switzerland

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