eLZhi - "Talkin In My Sleep"
"Could it be a dream / I'm finally rich in wealth / I'm not convinced / Let me pinch myself"
In the latest single off his critically acclaimed album, The Preface, eLZhi takes us through a world of fantasies and nightmares where it's unclear whether he is really sleeping or just living the dream. He says "Could it be a dream / I'm finally rich in wealth / I'm not convinced / Let me pinch myself" as the listener follows him through the revolving doors of multiple dreams, featuring run-ins with foxy ladies and menacing enemies, enough to give this Slum Village alum some serious night sweats. While eLZhi is on his A-game lyrically, it is really the production that takes center stage in this track. With a sleepy reverb effect and dizzying echo, producer Black Milk lets us tag along on this ride to dreamland.
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In the late-nineties, eLZhi made a name for himself by moving his way up through the ranks of Detroit's underground scene and teaming up with Slum Village for his first big taste of success. He has since been making the rounds, working with local Detroit luminaries such as J Dilla, Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers, and Dwele, in addition to a well-received solo tour of Europe during his early years in the game. Hip-hop enthusiasts across the globe consider eLZhi to be one of the most skilled emcees in the entire scene, and bloggers and critics have been trumpeting this sentiment since the release of the last Slum Village album in 2005. With the release of The Preface, eLZhi looks to cement his name amongst the greatest emcees in the game. The 16-track album, produced almost entirely by rising star Black Milk, features guest appearances by a who's who of the Detroit hip-hop scene. Royce Da 5'9", T3 (Slum Village), Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and more add to what many have predicted will be one of the most noteworthy hip-hop releases of 2008. The Preface is in stores now via Fat Beats Records.
Talkin In My Sleep
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