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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.

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Top notch

This is one of the best albums to drop in a while. Great homage to a classic with new hip hop feel. Crazy that Illmatic was almost 20 years ago! Young ones need to peep this...


This is the growth of el with put slum village although he sounds the same the content is next level when he started anyone even though I couldn't cause I'm not a MC could get him, his growth and word play have come a long way and he's is now a force but the only thing he is missing is T3 with the groove cause all his beats are or are similar to his last album.

It’s Good

First time I heard this … I had to take a pause … worth the listen.


Born: 1979 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Rap
  • Released: Dec 20, 2011
  • Parental Advisory

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