Issue 84

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Nice to meet you mate. Nice to meet you bro. How was the show yesterday? Yeah the show was dope! Are you looking forwards to tonight? Ye, we back at the Brooklyn Bowl putting a new set in, we did that Dilla tribute so now we're putting a now show on. That way we're not giving the fans the same show. That's good, what do Slum Village represent, for those who don't know about Slum Village? Slum Village represents feel-good music, we kinda set the standard for a lot of people today, and we are relentless, no matter what goes on, we're relentless with what we do. The group changes and the fans support us, we represent triumph. So what was it like being a music collective in Detroit? The home of Motown Yeah it was dope, we don't have the palm trees or skyscrapers… Sounds gritty. Yeah! It's gritty, making music in a place like that gave us our own identity. Yeah, J Dilla was one of the original members of your group and he's hailed as one of the best producers, I'm talking ever, what was it like working with him? Did he help you improve as a group, as a collective? Or was he just another guy? It was dope! Now it was dope because he actually taught me and T3 how to produce, he kinda mentored me, working with him was the same as working with any other legend, people say 'I worked with Bob Marley or Michael Jackson', now he's hip-hop's version of that. That level Yeah same level, like Quincy Jones, you know? Watching him work was effortless? How was hooking up with Cool Nutz to pay your respects to Dilla? Ah yeah! Cool Nutz is our brother, we talk outside music, he's family. How do you feel the mistreatment of black citizens in America has been addressed in modern day hip-hop? It's a mixture, they're trying to address it. If they make a stance they shoot it down, it's like fighting an uphill battle. What do you think about Beyonce's SuperBowl halftime show? Do you feel performances such as these are correct to address the wrongs in the system? Mmmm I think she did what she was supposed to, which was to make a statement. You see Beyonce didn't do the normal Beyonce thing, she wanted to make a statement and she accomplished that. She got people talking! Marshawn Mccarrel committed suicide on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, he was a Black Lives Matter member, what do you think of that? To be honest we've been travelling, so I'm not correctly informed, but I can tell you it's sad for him, to take it to that level of demonstration. Fellow Black Lives Matter member Deray McKesson is running for mayor of Baltimore, do you think that the system has been set up so he doesn't have a chance of winning? I feel both ways, Obama showed us we can do it, but the fact he is involved with Black Lives Matter means he probably won't have a fair shot at winning. Do you feel that Obama's had fair treatment in the media? Or do you feel like the stigma from people like Trump has led to him being marginalised? Obama did his job in office, which was to revive the economy, which he did do. The time he came into office we were facing a great depression again, so he was fighting an uphill battle. If you could eradicate one song from the history of music what would it be? T3 Ice, Ice Baby hahahahaha ISSUE 84 / 20016 37 It has been ten years since hip-hop legend J Dilla passed, and to mark this occasion I caught up with the members of his former group, 'Slum Village' Young RJ and T3 on the second night of their London show. "Slum Village represents feel-good music, we kinda set the standard for a lot of people today, and we are relentless. " EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SLUM VILLAGE follow @slumvillage Interviewed by: Tommy HIP HOP & RNB

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