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“eLZhi is one of the only emcees that is keeping me on my toes right now. I hear his verses and they make me go back to the lab.” – Phonte (Little Brother)
“eLZhi’s my favorite emcee out of Detroit and his versatility with subject matter and flows is unparalleled. He’s definitely got a gift.” – Guilty Simpson
As hip-hop culture continues to grow on a worldwide scale, the art of the emcee is in decline. Lyricism and content have taken a backseat to over-simplified swagger while the complex rhyme patterns and breathtaking wordplay of the finest rappers of the golden age have started to fade into obscurity. Thankfully, hip-hop music still has talent like that of eLZhi, the seasoned Detroit emcee that not only honors the meticulous poetry of Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and Kool G. Rap, but also raises the bar for emcee craftsmanship for an entirely new generation.
After grinding in the Detroit underground during the late ‘90’s, eLZhi began working with future local luminaries such as Jay Dee (aka J Dilla), Waajeed (Platinum Pied Pipers), and Dwele. Following his impressive performance on Jay Dee's "Come and Get It" track from the Welcome II Detroit album, he was selected as the new third member of Slum Village, later shining on smash singles "Tainted (feat. Dwele)" and "Selfish (feat. Kanye West)." The three albums that El recorded as a member of the group (Trinity, Detroit Deli, and Slum Village) sold a total of more than 300,000 units, and further established Slum Village as one of the most respected modern hip-hop groups amongst both their peers and a worldwide legion of fans.
With years of recording and touring under his belt as a member of Slum Village, eLZhi is finally ready to make his mark as a solo artist.