Slum Village w/Shame Album Release, OC From NC, Defacto Thezpian @ The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh [20 July]

Slum Village w/Shame Album Release, OC From NC, Defacto Thezpian

20:00 - 00:30

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The Pour House Music Hall
224 S Blount St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Tickets $15 advance / $20 day of

Chances are, if you are anywhere near the Detroit music scene, you have heard of the influential hip hop trio that makes up Slum Village. The group was founded in the early 90's by 3 childhood friends: Baatin, T3, rapper and producer J Dilla, who all grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI. After leaving Pershing High School, the trio began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally went by the name Ssenepod.

In 1991 changed their name to Slum Village, recording their first album Vol. 1", recorded in Dillas basement and RJ Rice Studios, it was critically acclaimed in the Detroit underground scene. It later found its way into the hands of A Tribe Called Quest's own Q-Tip, who played it for some of hip hop's elite, such as Busta Rhymes, Questlove, and D'angelo.

Slum Village landed their first record deal in 1998 with Barak/AM records. Due to label politics, the group was forced to release their album «Best Kept Secret» under the alias J-88,. Their now classic record, «Fantastic, Vol. 2» was also in production, but was not officially released until 2000 through Barak Records, dubbed an immediate classic from fans and industry tastemakers. This album featured an A list line up including Busta Rhymes, Common, D'angelo, Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Kurupt, and Q-Tip who passed the torch to Slum Village on the record «Hold Tight».

In 2001, J Dilla made the decision to leave the group to pursue his solo career, but still hung around helping Young RJ with production. Baatin and T3 started work on their next album «Trinity» through Barak/Capital Records, featuring Elzhi on 6 of the tracks. This album would feature their first commercial single «Tainted» which ft an unknown Dwele, also disco and the remix produced by Timberland.

In 2002, “Dirty District”, a compilation of songs by Detroit rappers largely produced by T3 and Young RJ, was released.

2004 album, “Detroit Deli” (A Taste of Detroit), the album included the hit single “Selfish” produced by Kanye West, featuring John Legend.

2005, the release of “Prequel To a Classic”, a mix tape with production from Young RJ and Black Milk.

In 2009, Slum started production on their next album, “Villa Manifesto”

In 2010, the album «Villa Manifesto» was released under Ne'astra/Koch Records, featuring the late Baatin. By that time Elzhi had decided to move on and focus on pursuing his own solo career.

2011/2012 Slum Village new mixtape “Dirty Slums Vol. 1 & Vol. 2” presented by DJ Mick Boogie featuring artist such as Rapper Big Pooh, De La Soul, Focus, Skyzoo, Phonte, and Fife, having over 100,000 downloads.

2013/2014 “B-Sides” and Vintage albums were released.

2015/2016 “YES” was released, produced by Jay Dee a.k.a. J. Dilla and Young RJ.

2018 Slum’s new release titled “Lost Scrolls Vol. 2” is slated for release April 20, 2018

Containing lost music and mixed from their critically acclaimed album “Fantastic Vol. 2”, performed by the original Trio.

Slum Village continues their journey with invigorated energy as T3 and Grammy nominated producer Young RJ hold the legacy.

Touring National and Internationally with rave reviews.

As a creative lyricist, talented in the art of storytelling, Shame
is bringing Hip-Hop back to its roots, while still keeping up with
the evolution the genre has experienced. His inspirations come
from artist such as Q-tip, Biggie Smalls, A Tribe Called Quest,
Tupac, Big L, Nas, Mos Def, Eminem, and Rakim. Like many
these artists, Shame got his start to fame by competing in rap
battles and distributing his music through local college radio

Before his quest to conquer the music world began, Shame
had to decide which parts of life were going to make or break
him. Shame was born in the tough streets of Capital Heights,
Maryland, however, his mother and father raised him in
Landover, Maryland. Determined not to become a statistic or
victim of gang violence or drugs, Shame used music to inspire
and keep himself busy.

“I got my name from my grandmother because I was hooked
on the movie A Low Down Dirty Shame as a kid, but it stuck
with me when I grew up in the battle rapping era. People used
to say I put shame to the rappers I battled, hence, Shame.”
Shame has lived in Raleigh, NC since 2013, where he continues
to create music, and dropped his first project, The Sequence, in
February 2016, featuring the lead single, “Still Ballin.”

He has performed at top venues throughout the Triangle
(Raleigh/ Durham/ Chapel Hill) and beyond, including, Pour
House, Imurj, Kings, Deep South, The Pinhook, The Lincoln
Theater and The Blind Tiger amassing new fans along the way
with his high-energy stage presence and dynamic delivery.
Shame is currently a nominee for Best New Artist at the 2017
Carolina Music Awards.

Shame’s latest mixtape, Shame Sundays, was released in
January of 2017. His follow-up project, Room 223 drops fall 2017


The Burlington-based rapper OC from NC is Taylor’s alter ego. OC from NC has North Carolina pride. It’s baked into his name. New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, Houston and Los Angeles all have their signature hip-hop styles and regional aesthetics. North Carolina hasn’t quite left its stamp on the national hip-hop scene in the same way. OC from NC is writing verses, releasing records, and, this spring in particular, taking his sound out on the road nationally with a mind to represent North Carolina. “I plan to be the reason — the way people speak on Atlanta or New Orleans — I want to be the reason people say, ‘Nah, like those guys in North Carolina,” says OC. “I don’t even want you to question it — it’s OC from NC.”

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«Another NC artist with a bright future» "...uncanny delivery, remarkable cadence, and undeniable punchlines ". Quotes from some of those Who have only chosen to listen to his music. Defacto Thezpian «Real Actor » is the reason North Carolina Hip-Hop will thrive and prosper. Driving to succeed with his God given talent in music and performance, Defacto Thezpian's pellucid music will convey such an imminent force to your eardrums you will have no choice but to keep him on repeat. Be captivated as he narrates his seemingly panoramic and verisimilar life. With no comparable style or personality, Mr. Thezpian thrives on what he likes to call «Schnozy» music. Delivering to everyone what might just cause intemperance and disbelief. Defacto Thezpian has graced the stage with growing North Carolinian legends Azon Blaze The Real Laww Professor Toon and others. Catch a listen to the next prophet of Urban music.
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