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LIFE: Elzhi on Lead Poison & Elmatic. How His Depression Delayed What He Really Owed His Fans

Written by on March 31, 2016



Elzhi’s supporters have been waiting for nearly two years for his new album, but the release of the Detroit wordsmith’s depression has had a delay for even longer. After building a legion of fans as a former member of Slum Village and through solo releases like Elmatic, his 2011 remake of Nas’ debut, Elzhi successfully raised more than $37,000 in November 2013 for a Kickstarter campaign for a new album. He promised an early 2014 release, but the drop was consistently delayed. A few months with scarce updates turned into nearly two years with no album, and angry comments on the campaign’s Kickstarter page began to pile up. The anger reached a head in January 2016, when some Kickstarter backers threatened Elzhi with a class action lawsuit for not delivering the goods.

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  1. Nymless Blackbean   On   March 31, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Elzhi is dope and under appreciated, but he dropped the ball with not
    updating us as his supporters. Now listening to Lead Poison, I can’t help
    but think of how long I waited for it… The music is dope and no one is
    sicker than him yo..

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