eLZhi, no explanation needed. One of hip hop’s greatest emcee’s took the time out to speak with me. We chopped it up about his current projects ‘The Leftovers Unmixedtape’ and Slum Village’s ‘Villa Manifesto’, as well as the passing of J Dilla and Baatin, how he was able to use Dilla’s beats. If you recall eLZhi took time out in 2008 while promoting The Preface to check in with theurbandaily.com eLZhi spoke about Dilla’s estate drama:
There’s some drama, some issues and hopefully it’ll get resolved real soon cuz that man worked hard for his empire. The people close to him deserve to reap the benefits off of what he put out there and I don’t think [Dilla’s mother, Ms. Yancey] is getting what she deserves and I hope it goes down well. And I hope it goes down soon. It’s crazy how certain people can be cold hearted toward certain situations and I hope it gets resolved real soon.
A highlight of our conversation was about his upcoming projects and working with Black Milk, another artist on my ‘List of Greats’ to interview. The Preface is considered by many as one of the best hip-hop albums of 2008 and all time for that matter. I can only speculate that his upcoming project and work with Black will fall in to the ‘Best Of’ category.
Check out the full interview below.
Although I met eLZhi last year at the Rock the Bells Music Festival in Chicago, this interview is definitely a personal achievement. I have an undefined amount of respect for eLZhi and Slum Village for creating and staying true to hip hop, with out succumbing to the commercialized hip hop genre of “music”.
Although the pairing of J Dilla and Slum Village is one of hip hop’s best, “Selfish” produced by Kanye West and featuring John Legend came close. The song samples a part of the intro to the hit song “Call Me” by Aretha Franklin.
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