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A Detroit emcee who's been steadily paying dues since the late '90s, Elzhi is well known in his hometown and is finally starting to be recognized outside of the D. As a kid he attended open mics at the legendary Hip Hop Shop before collaborating with local players like DJ HouseShoes and 9-2-5 Colony (with Nick Speed and Majestik Legend), and he later joined Slum Village after J Dilla left the group. He was featured prominently on five SV releases and also dropped a pair of EPs and the well-received solo album The Prelude in 2008. Elmatic is his most impressive work to date; it's a tribute to Nas' landmark Illmatic, set to stellar production from the live band Will Sessions. With 12 tracks that highlight his undeniable lyrical skills, he puts a new spin on beloved classics like "Memory Lane," "Life's a B*tch," and "It Ain't Hard to Tell." He branches out on "Verbal Intercourse Part 2," where he vents his frustration with the music industry. A high-quality concept mixtape, this sets the stage for his album The Feed.

Customer Reviews

A remake of a Classic Hip Hop Album - The real Hip Hop is back.

This is a top album, a remake or inspired by NAS's Classic Illmatic, the results - Proper Tings. The production is heavy, the flow is all good. Love it.

pure and true

forget if you love illmatic, this is a ridiculous album in its own right and pays tribute to a classic in a non corny way. Elzhi proves he is one of the sickest emcees . . . period.




Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A gifted MC and outspoken critic of commercial hip-hop, eLZhi began his career rubbing shoulders with Waajeed, Dwele, and the other gifted Detroit artists involved in the city's flourishing late-'90s underground hip-hop scene. After an appearance on Jay Dee's groundbreaking 2001 album Welcome 2 Detroit, eLZhi joined the producer's crew, Slum Village. With Jay Dee spending more time with other artists, eLZhi would become the producer's replacement beginning with the group's 2002 effort Trinity (Past,...
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Elmatic, Elzhi
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  • £6.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Rap
  • Released: 20 December 2011
  • Parental Advisory

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