Elzhimade his Elmatic to be a Detroit repping, reworking of the Nas classic Illmatic. I didn’t know how I’d feel about this at first so I hesitated on even acknowledging it. That album is something serious to me because I first heard it when my big brother brought me the cassette while I was doing time in the California Youth Authority. Real talk. And I was thoroughly on my west coast, best coast lean then. So, Nas was like a beacon from the East. And Illmatic was like a hood statue of liberty beckoning me to respect NYC street rap. It did it’s job and then some.
Well Elzhi with the help of the Will Sessions band, Detroit heavyweights themselves; paid proper homage and then some. I won’t get into a track for track breakdown (Never that, this is blam blam after all.) but the whole album is worth a listen and the feelings that will bubble up with each new Detroit flavored, Elzhi delivered, live music backed rendition of the old Illmatic standard.
Elmatic is a free DL so you have nothing to lose. Grab it H | E | Я | E
*Good looking out to the homie Aar On for the find.