|Wed, April 27, 2011 at 8:03 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
ELZHI INTERPOLATES NAS' CLASSIC DEBUT "ILLMATIC" INTO A CLASSIC OF HIS VERY OWN WITH "ELMATIC"
FREE LP INCLUDES ALL LIVE INSTRUMENTATION AND WILL BE AVILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD ON 5-10-2011
To say that eLZhi's "ELmatic" has been a labor of love would be an understatement. The idea was first broached years ago by DJ House Shoes and discussed and bandied about incessantly since. Though the concept was unrealized for what seemed like ages; years went by, life got in the way, recording and touring with Slum Village got in the way and as more time passed, desperate fans continued to wait (albeit impatiently) for news and updates on the project.
Well, at last, the long wait is over, as Elzhi has finally completed "ELmatic" and the long-wait fans endured will prove to be well-worth it, as Elzhi will release the project for free on 5-10-2011 on his own site Elzhi.com; the LP is being released for free by Elzhi as a dedication to his fans for their patience.
Nas tributes have been done before, but it's safe to say, never in the manner in which Elzhi attacks it. "ELmatic" is a game-changing effort on a few different levels, not only is it genre-defying, but it finds Elzhi in his lyrical prime and rather then expressing himself over Nas' original instrumentals, Elzhi enlisted the famous Detroit ensemble Will Sessions (a six-piece band who has cultivated a reputation in the Detroit area for being able to meticulously replay Nas' instrumentals from scratch and who produced the endeavor) and recorded the entire project with only live-instrumentation, which gives the project an undeniably plush and unique sound and dare we say even adds an updated flair to the original's hall-of-fame lineup of producers. These new flourishes can be heard as Will Sessions add even more instrumental interludes (sometimes mid-track) and over special drops from artists such as Pete Rock and DJ House Shoes. While guest features are sparse, Royce 5'9 and Mint Condition's Stokely both grace "Life's A B***h" and Amp Fiddler plays keyboards on "The World is Yours".
While immersing himself into the recording of "ELmatic," Elzhi underwent a series of professional and personal struggles that have made this project even more gratifying for him. After a nearly decade long stint as a member of the beloved group Slum Village and numerous hit singles (including "Selfish" f/Kanye West and John Legend and "Tainted" f/Dwele ) in July of 2010 Elzhi was forced to re-start his solo career after discovering a variety of unfair business practices by Slum Village's record label and T3. These professional and personal trails and tribulations are certainly an audible under-current on "ELmatic," as it gives the project that much more urgency and edge; and undisputable air of rebirth.
With the support of his new management by music executive and artist manager Jae Barber of The JAE.B Group and Will Sessions "ELmatic" is finally completed. With his new website and a once again flourishing solo career fans can anticipate a newly reinvigorated Elzhi and one who is anxious to share his talents with the world
|Tue, October 12, 2010 at 2:54 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Shout out to the D! Black Milk, Elzhi and Bishop Lamont rip this live performance of "Goatit"
|Sat, August 01, 2009 at 11:50 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
According to reports, Slum Village member Baatin has died. No official information regarding the cause of death has been released as of yet but many of his fellow MCs and musicians have been sending their condolences via the Internet.
The passing Of Baatin comes right as he had recently reunited with remaining group members Elzhi and T3 and were gearing to release their new album, Villa Manifesto on September 22nd. They had recently released the single “Cloud 9” with former Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius.
Baatin, born Titus Glover in 1974, was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, which caused him to take a break from Slum Village and music.
Talib Kweli spoke of Baatin's passing on Twitter stating, "I'm at a loss right now. Hi-Tek was set to dj for Slum Village tonight. RIP Baatin. More influential than you can imagine. Slum Village forever."
Baatin said he started rapping while a student at Pershing High School on Detroit's east side.
"I was going by Eazy-T and Scandalous-T back then; it was me, Al Nuke and a few others," Baatin told the Metro Times in a 2007 interview.
Baatin, Jay Dee -- who died in 2006 of complications from lupus -- and T3 formed a group and called themselves Ssenepod. In 1991, they changed their name to Slum Village. Baatin also changed his stage name.
"When I got spiritual, I wanted a different name," he said. "(Baatin) is Islamic for 'hidden.' "
Slum Village underwent several lineup changes over the years. The original trio released "Fantastic, Vol. 1" and "Fantastic, Vol. 2." Jay Dee (also known as J Dilla) left the group and was replaced with Elzhi. That trio scored one of their bigger mainstream hits, "Tainted," which also featured Detroit native singer Dwele.
Several offered online condolencenes as the news spread. On his Twitter, Dwele wrote "R.I.P. baatin of slum village forever." Fans also left thoughts on Baatin's MySpace page and comments on Slum Village videos across YouTube.