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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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Way to put in hard work!!

This is a brilliant homage to my fav album Illmatic. Elzhi really impressed me with his timing. You can tell that Elzhi respects Nas's lyrics with his rendition. I have been listening to illmatic since 98' this beats have so much depth and audial nuances that I hop others will enjoy.

Hip hop is NOT dead

Call Elzhi the resurrector because this is what hip hop needs, not the cookie-cutter studio garbage that gets all the airplay but has none of the character, creativity, skill, and soul that brought this art to the forefront of music for so long.

We needed this, thank you Elzhi.


This is that hiphop we needed going into the new year...illmatic is a classic and Elzhi flipped it his own way! With Will Sessions?! So Fresh! Check out the new Memory Lane video on VEVO too! Bananas!


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 became the producer's replacement, beginning with the group's 2002 effort Trinity (Past, Present...
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Elmatic, Elzhi
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Rap
  • Released: May 10, 2011
  • Parental Advisory

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