Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Slum Village

When: Fri., July 22, 9:30 p.m. 2011

Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village provided the forum for producer J Dilla to get his first major star turn in the mid-Nineties. And even though Dilla quit the group in 2002 - four years before his untimely death - he built a solid foundation for its current members, T3 and Illa J. The group's catalog now includes six records, all bolstered by soul-and gospel-influenced, densely melodic beats. Its most recent effort (and final studio album, supposedly) dropped last year and featured a cavalcade of well-known guests, including Phife Dawg, rap duo Little Brother, DJ Hi-Tek, and posthumous appearances by both Dilla and founding emcee Baatin, who died in 2009. Now the group is making what must be a final lap on the tour circuit, with a stop in Oakland this weekend. Catch Slum Village at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Friday, July 22. 9:30 p.m., $20, $25.

Rachel Swan

Price: $20, $25

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