It's been more than three years since J. Dilla died and almost seven since he left Native Tongues torchbearers Slum Village to continue pursuing his path as one of hip-hop's most universally acclaimed producers. But his specter still hangs over Slum Village, Detroit's best-known non-Shady hip-hop export.

It's been more than three years since J. Dilla died and almost seven since he left Native Tongues torchbearers Slum Village to continue pursuing his path as one of hip-hop's most universally acclaimed producers. But his specter still hangs over Slum Village, Detroit's best-known non-Shady hip-hop export.

Elzhi, Dilla's replacement in the group, has done an admirable job trying to fill the boots of a legend. But is a performance by Elzhi and T3, Slum Village's only remaining original member, worth getting jazzed about?

It is if they come hard with the classics and offer a career-spanning set that pays homage to the group's glory days without leaning too hard on them. That would be a pleasant reminder of why Slum Village used to captivate so many hip-hop heads.

Omnibreed, J. Rawls, DJ BHB, The 3rd and Epidemic are all on the extended opening slate.