REVIEW & PHOTOS: Elzhi @ The Subterranean
Posted on July 30, 2012 by ChuckTaylor
As Ezlhi continues his world tour he stopped off to rock the Sub-T in Chicago last Thursday.
With his new album The Weather Report coming soon, Elzhi, a former member of Slum Village, treated us to some new stuff and plenty of great tracks off his 2008 showing, The Preface and last year’s sick homage mixtape of Nas’ Illmatic, called Elmatic.
For those that hadn’t heard of Elmatic, Elzhi didn’t just spit his own raps over the Illmatic beats. Will Sessions band took those beats and re-imagined them with some smooth live instruments and Elzhi put his Detroit spin on the New York story. The finished product is actually really fuckin good. As Illmatic is one of my favourite albums of all time, I was super skeptical when I heard about Elmatic but to be honest, I actually listen more to Elmatic then Illmatic (Don’t tell anyone!). Sorry Nas.
Since most of my friends listen to Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex and Conway Twity, I didn’t know about Elzhi (or Aloe Blacc coincidentally) until I heard him on Evidence’s To Be Determined so I thank Ev… and Chuck Norris for creating Google and YouTube so I could get my fill of Elzhi.
His material really stands up in a live setting too. His tracks got the crowd going nice and early, not just the classic Illmatic beats but also his stuff from The Preface, especially my personal favourite, Guessing Game which got us all bumpin. A really tight set, great show. Cop his shit on iTunes or Spotify or whatever and get out to see him if he comes round your way.
I’ll have a little video recap up soon…