The Detroit rapper Elzhi, formerly a member of Slum Village, released earlier this week a free mixtape entitled, Elmatic. The album pays homage to Nas’ classic Illmatic,not only with the beats but lyrical references.
Elzhi is a fantastic, under appreciated (popularly) rapper who shows his lyrical prowess on this album–hands down. Pay attention to his rhyme pattern, rhythmic structure and word plays.
My only qualm, upon a first listen, is that there is a heavy focus on proving himself as “the best,” more so, than rapping about personal issues (besides an ex-gf who had a drug problem or general violence). Part of what made Illmatic so classic was Nas’ poetic insight. Regardless, this is a must have album.
1. The Genesis
2. Detroit State of Mind (Houseshoes Shout)
4. Memory Lane
5. The World Is Yours
7. Life’s A Bitch feat. Royce da 5’9 and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition [audio: http://www.box.net/shared/static/2sxd9boty0.mp3]
8. One Love
9. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Pete Rock Shout) [audio: http://www.box.net/shared/static/pbjmietqi0.mp3]
10. Pete Rock Shout