LIFE: Elzhi on Lead Poison & Elmatic. How His Depression Delayed What He Really Owed His Fans
Written by streetsconnect on March 31, 2016
Elzhiâ€™s supporters have been waiting for nearly two years for his new album, but the release of the Detroit wordsmithâ€™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 Nasâ€™ 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 campaignâ€™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.