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Elzhi Prepares To Drop “ELmatic”

Posted in NeWz, RaP TaLK on April 26th, 2011 by Luicidal



To say that Elzhi’s “ELmatic” has been a labor of love would be an understatement. The idea was first broached years ago by DJ House Shoes and discussed and bandied about incessantly since.  Though the concept was unrealized for what seemed like ages; years went by, life got in the way, recording and touring with Slum Village got in the way and as more time passed, desperate fans continued to wait (albeit impatiently) for news and updates on the project.

Well, at last, the long wait is over, as Elzhi has finally completed “ELmatic” and the long-wait fans endured will prove to be well-worth it, as Elzhi will release the project for free on 5-10-2011 on his own site; the LP is being released for free by Elzhi as a dedication to his fans for their patience.

Nas tributes have been done before, but it’s safe to say, never in the manner in which Elzhi attacks it. “ELmatic” is a game-changing effort on a few different levels, not only is it genre-defying, but it finds Elzhi in his lyrical prime and rather then expressing himself over Nas’ original instrumentals, Elzhi enlisted the famous Detroit ensemble Will Sessions (a six-piece band who has cultivated a reputation in the Detroit area for being able to meticulously replay Nas’ instrumentals from scratch and who produced the endeavor) and recorded the entire project with only live-instrumentation, which gives the project an undeniably plush and unique sound and dare we say even adds an updated flair to the original’s hall-of-fame lineup of producers.  These new flourishes can be heard as Will Sessions add even more instrumental interludes (sometimes mid-track) and over special drops from artists such as Pete Rock and DJ House Shoes. While guest features are sparse, Royce 5’9 and Mint Condition’s Stokely both grace “Life’s A Bitch” and Amp Fiddler plays keyboards on “The World is Yours”.

While immersing himself into the recording of “ELmatic,” Elzhi underwent a series of professional and personal struggles that have made this project even more gratifying for him. After a nearly decade long stint as a member of the beloved group Slum Village and numerous hit singles (including “Selfish” f/Kanye West and John Legend and “Tainted” f/Dwele ) in July of 2010 Elzhi was forced to re-start his solo career after discovering a variety of unfair business practices by Slum Village’s record label and T3. These professional and personal trails and tribulations are certainly an audible under-current on “ELmatic,” as it gives the project that much more urgency and edge; and undisputable air of rebirth.

With the support of his new management by music executive and artist manager Jae Barber of The JAE.B Group and Will Sessions “ELmatic” is finally completed. With his new website and a once again flourishing solo career fans can anticipate a newly reinvigorated Elzhi and one who is anxious to share his talents with the world.

DL link to Elzhi’s “Detroit State Of Mind”:

“ELmatic” will be available for Download on 5.10.11 at ELZHI.COM

Reks Assembles Dream Team Of Producers

Posted in NeWz, RaP TaLK on February 4th, 2011 by Luicidal



Before the Grey Hairs, REKS was just a teenager who fell in love with the Hip-Hop movement. Little did he know, one day he would experience working with and alongside some of those legendary hip-hop icons. Born Corey Isiah Christie in Lawrence, Massachusetts, August 24th, 1977, REKS practically grew up with Hip-Hop. He first embraced the culture by becoming a break-dancer with Funk Town Connection (FTC), competing all over the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts. The legendary Rap styles of KRS-One, Slick Rick, and Ice Cube inspired him to pick up the mic and he started writing rhymes at a very young age. Soon thereafter, REKS began gaining notoriety in his hometown through cipher battles and memorable stage performances. After high school, REKS enrolled at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. With a “Kanye West” drive and mentality, REKS decided to drop out of college after one year to pursue his dream and music career full-time.

REKS took the underground scene by storm with his debut LP, Along Came The Chosen (2001). The album featured production from his ex-classmates Soul Searchers, Fakts One, and a then 18-year old Statik Selektah. The album also featured collaborations with underground stalwarts including Pace-Won & Young Zee of the Outsidaz, 7L & Esoteric, J-Live EDO. G and MSC group members Lucky Dice and Chi Knox. The critically acclaimed LP was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Album & Artist of the Year at The Boston Music Awards and was featured in the Source, XXL, Vibe, and URB Magazine’s “Next 100”. The album’s single “Skills 101” reached #45 on the Billboard Singles chart, putting him on shows and tours with The Clipse, Ghostface Killah, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Redman, De La Soul, Method Man, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Boot Camp Click, JR Writer and one of his idols KRS-One.

After releasing several mixtapes in the interim, REKS finally released his highly anticipated sophomore LP, Grey Hairs, in 2008 and it saw him once again team up with his former DJ, longtime friend, Statik Selektah who served as the projects Executive Producer and the momentous album featured production from DJ Premier, Large Professor, DC The Midi Alien and ten-tracks from Statik and featured collaborations with Lil Fame of MOP, Consequence, Skyzoo, Termanology, Jon Hope and Big Shug. Grey Hairs firmly established REKS as one of the top rising Indy artists as it is considered an underground classic and it lead to REKS being profiled by XXL Magazine in their “Show & Prove” section.  In early 2009, REKS released the companion piece More Grey Hairs, appeared on Statik Selektah’s Spell My Name Right: The Album and released two more mixtapes (In Between The Lines Series Vol’s 1 & 2 which were hosted by Statik Selektah/DJ Green Lantern and DJ Ill Will respectively) and both mixtapes garnered thousands of downloads and widespread praise.

REKS now sets out to take the next step in his progression with what promises to be an instant classic, with his third LP, R.E.K.S (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme), which is scheduled to be released on March 8th, 2011 on Showoff/Brick Records.

The LP lists such notable legends as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Hi Tek, Alchemist, Nottz, Sha Money XL, Sean C & LV, Fizzy Womack and the ever present Statik Selektah contributing production; and newcomers Blaze P and Mike Frey join in for this classic as well.  Throw in highlight tracks with Styles P, Freeway, Termanology, Lil Fame, Atticabarz and DJ Corbet and you have the recipe for another instant classic!

REKS has already set things in motion for R.E.K.S. with the recent leak of a radio-rip of the LP’s buzz-single, “25th Hour,” (produced by DJ Premier) which has found its way to every corner of the Internet.

The Year of the Showoff continues…..

Tracklisting and credits for REKS “Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme”:

  1. “25th Hour” (produced by DJ Premier)
  2. “Thin Line” (produced by Pete Rock)
  3. “Limelight” (produced by Nottz)
  4. “Kill Em” (produced by Sean C & LV)
  5. “This Or That” (produced by Statik Selektah)
  6. “Why Cry” f/ Styles P (produced by The Alchemist)
  7. “Face Off” f/ Termanology (produced by Sha Money XL)
  8. “The Wonder Years” (produced by Hi Tek)
  9. “This Is Me” f/ DJ Corbet (produced by Mike Frey)
  10. “Mr. Nobody” (produced by Statik Selektah)
  11. “The Underdog” (produced by Blaze P)
  12. “U Know” f/ Freeway (produced by Hi Tek)
  13. “Cigarettes” f/ Lil Fame of M.O.P. & Atticabarz (produced by Fizzy Womack)
  14. “Mascara” (The Ugly Truth) (produced by Statik Selektah)
  15. “Like A Star” (produced by Statik Selektah)
  16. “Self Titled (produced by Statik Selektah) –bonus track

Big L’s Return of the Devil’s Son

Posted in NeWz on October 19th, 2010 by Luicidal

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On the 10-year anniversary of Big L’s first posthumous release going Gold, his family releases brand new album with 21-unreleased songs

New York, NY – SMC Recordings, along with Distrolord Inc, is set for a huge release from New York rapper Big L, close to 12 years after his death. Since his passing, albums have been released under the guise of the Big L imprint, but none except his sophomore release was official. Ten years later, Big L fans will be able to enjoy all unreleased material with his newest albumReturn of the Devil’s Son and know that this is an official project backed by his family.

“This album is supported 100% by the Big L family.” Said Big L’s older brother Donald Phinazee “I’ve been talking about this album for the last six years and it means everything to me. This is an original Big L album and I’m excited to put my brother out.”

Lamont Coleman aka Big L, a witty and lyrical Harlem rapper, was buzzing in the underground hip-hop scene in the early 90’s; running with the likes of Cam’Ron and Mase, who shot to stardom during this time. His Columbia Records debut in 1995 was mildly successful commercially but vastly influential artistically. Then in 1999 when he was just 24, Big L was tragically killed and the case still remains unsolved. Around this time, an independently released single was getting spins on local radio and in 2000 his posthumous second album (“The Big Picture”) was received by acclaim and phenomenal sales.

Return of the Devil’s Son has 21 unreleased songs, including “Right To The Top” featuring Royal Flush and Kool G Rap.

“This album will show where he should have been and where he was about to go. It’s going on 12-years since he’s been gone. He would have been that one; this project will show where he should have been at,” said Donald Phinazee.

Return of the Devil’s Son on Distrolord/SMC Recordings will be available online and in stores November 23, 2010.

Tracklisting and credits for Big L’s Return Of The Devils Son:

1.) “Return Of The Devils Son” (produced by Showbiz)

2.) “Devil’s Son (produced by Showbiz)

3.) “Zone Of Danger” (produced by J-Love)

4.) “Sandman 118”

5.) “School Days”

6.) “Principle Of The New School” (produced by Showbiz)

7.) “Unexpected Flava” (produced by Lord Finesse)

8.) “Tony’s Touch”

9.) “Right To The Top” f/Royal Flush & Kool G Rap (produced by Domingo)

10.) “Once Again” (produced by J-Love)

11.) “Harlem World Universal”

12.) “I Won’t”

13.) “Hard To Kill”

14.) “Power Moves”

15.) “If You Not Aware”

16.) “I Should Have Used A Rubber”

17.) “Doo Wop #5”

18.) “Yes You Can”

19.) “Audition”

20.) ”MC’s What’s Going On” (produced by Showbiz)

21.) “Slaying The Mic”

To obtain a press copy of Big L’s Return Of The Devils Son for feature or review purposes, please contact:

Matt Conaway@                   MAC Media

Business #:                          410-903-7568


The Death Row Vaults : DJ 1Mic Presents..

Posted in BoOtLeGz, DoWnLoAdZ, NeWz, RaP TaLK on October 15th, 2009 by Luicidal

Keepin things movin for this week of unreleased Death Row material I have a mixtape compiled by DJ 1Mic. The mixtape is entitled “Death Row Records (The Definitive Unreleased Collection)”. It features many unreleased tracks and rare freestyles. Although the mixtape is not mixed like an actual mixtape, it does feature some cool joints and its a nice addition to the library. You can download it here…

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01. Jewell – Death Row’s In The House

02. Snoop Doggy Dogg Feat Tha Dogg Pound – Nutin But A G Thing Freestyle Mix

03. Dr Dre Feat Snoop Doggy Dogg – 187um (Deep Cover Original)

04. 2pac Feat Big Syke – Cop Killa (DJ 1Mic Original SuperMix)

05. 2Pac Feat Snoop Doggy Dogg & Val Young – Street Life (DJ 1Mic Short Mix)

06. Dr Dre Feat Snoop Doggy Dogg – The Next Episode (1996 Unreleased Demo Mix)

07. Tha Dogg Pound – Can’t See Me (Original Demo Mix)

08. Dr Dre – Hoe Hopper (Unreleased)

09. Snoop Doggy Dogg Feat George Clinton & Jewell – Doggystyle (Unreleased)

10. Snoop Doggy Dogg Feat Nate Dogg – Gz Up Hoes Down

11. Tha Dogg Pound Feat Snoop Doggy Dogg & Val Young – Every Single Day

12. Dr Dre Feat Snoop Doggy Dogg & Dat Nigga Daz – Let Me Ride Remix

13. 2Pac Feat Dat Nigga Daz – Only Move For The Money (Unreleased)

14. Tha Dogg Pound – Niggaz Don’t Give A fu*k

15. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Afro Puffs Freestyle

16. 2Pac – Bad Boy Killaz

17. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Live On Arsenio Hall 1993 (Dissin Eazy-E)

18. Snoop Doggy Dogg – The Message Freestyle

19. 2pac Feat The Outlawz – Hit Em Up Remix

20. Dr Dre – Rat Ta Tat Tat (Original Demo Mix)

21. 2Pac – Thug 4 Life

22. Nas Feat Nature & Dr Dre – Everyday Thing (Unreleased)

The Death Row Vaults : Dr. Dre Edition

Posted in BoOtLeGz, DoWnLoAdZ, NeWz, RaP TaLK on October 13th, 2009 by Luicidal

Continuing my week of opening the Death Row vaults, today I have the release of Dr. Dre’s classic album “The Chronic.” The classic album has been remastered and re-released under the new Death Row imprint featuring a brand new bonus track from Snoop and Dre. You can download it here…


The Chronic (Intro) 1:57

Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’) 4:52

Let Me Ride 4:21

The Day The Niggaz Took Over 4:33

Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang 3:58

Deeez Nuuuts 5:06

Lil’ Ghetto Boy 5:29

A Nigga Witta Gun 3:52

Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat 3:48

The $20 Sack Pyramid (Skit) 2:53

Lyrical Gangbang 4:04

High Powered 2:44

The Doctor’s Office (Skit) 1:04

Stranded On Death Row 4:47

The Roach (The Chronic Outro) 4:36

Bitches Ain’t Shit 4:48

In addition to the Re-Lit and Remastered album, I’m also providing the Wal-Mart only released track entitled “Smoke On.”

Lastly, I’m hookin yall up with an unreleased track from Snoop’s “Doggstyle” entitled “Eat A Dick” produced by Dr. Dre. This song eventually became “Serial Killa” and featured a new verse from Snoop and contributions from Tha Dogg Pound.