“Infatuated with material things / You only see your feet in those shoes / Your ears in those rings / But, uh, you can come around on your best behavior / But sorry Love, I can’t save ya”
The second single from eLZhi’s latest release, The Preface, comes as a warning to all the gold diggers out there. “Save Ya,” featuring T3 of Slum Village, tells the ladies out there to look elsewhere if they want to reap the benefits of eLZhi’s hard earned success. eLZhi’s lyrical skills are on-point as he tells them to get lost over a bouncing, bass-heavy beat: “Infatuated with material things / You only see your feet in those shoes / Your ears in those rings / But, uh, you can come around on your best behavior / But sorry Love, I can’t save ya.”
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.
Save Ya Featuring T3 of Slum Village
Motown 25 Featuring Royce Da 5’9″