Published on April 8th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin0
Slum Village King’s Court Tour – Recap
Some of Detroit’s finest names in hip hop packed into Cervantes’ Other Side on Wednesday night and treated Denver to quite a show. Slum Village, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson and Phat Kat visited the Mile High city on their King’s Court Tour – to honor the ten year anniversary of J Dilla’s death. Hop hop was alive and well that night, with a slideshow of early J Dilla/Slum Village photos playing in the background, as well as multiple shoutouts from the artists to both J Dilla and Phife Dawg. Lots of people (including myself) were wearing their Dilla snapbacks and other Slum Village gear – something I always love to see at shows.
Phat Kat and Guilty Simpson were up first. Phat Kat was by himself initially, then Guilty Simpson joined, for what was a pretty short set that left me wishing it had been longer – I’d been looking forward to Guilty for quite a while. Short and sweet, though – the performance was quality. Next up was Black Milk, who blew me away. He did mostly instrumentals for the majority of his set, what he said was “stuff that nobody’s heard before”. Those really got the vibe going. At the end of his set, he performed a few songs and seriously killed it – high energy and on-point raps. I was impressed.
Finally, Slum Village – T3, Young RJ, and their DJ – took the stage. I’ve seen Slum Village a few times before and this particular show it seemed like T3 was in a great mood – smiling, laughing, and jumping around during the entire set in a way I haven’t seen before. It would have been impossible not to catch the vibe. They played the classics – Selfish, Fall In Love, Get Dis Money, etc – as well as some new projects and, of course, some freestyling dedicated to the late & great Dilla. Overall, every time seeing Slum Village is amazing, but adding other dope acts from Detroit really made it a one-of-a-kind hip hop show that I’m glad I didn’t miss!
Written by: Eryn Jones @erynjoooones Photos & Video by: Zac Cheek @digitalcriminal