Grindin’ & 40 Days Touring are pleased to announce the first solo tour in New Zealand for one of Hip Hop’s most lyrical MC’s live and direct from Detroit, Elzhi.
Elzhi made his international debut on “Come and Get It,” a stand out song from Jay Dee’s (J Dilla) debut album, “Welcome 2 Detroit”. The widespread praise for the track led to Elzhi joining the group Slum Village in 2002. The albums that Elzhi recorded as a member of the group – “Trinity”, “Detroit Deli” and “Slum Village” – have sold more than 600,000 copies and established Slum Village as one of the most respected Hip Hop groups in the world.
In 2009, Elzhi hired a new manager who immediately made enquiries into Slum Village’s contract with E1 music regarding their new album. RJ Rice, the founder of the group’s long-time label, Barak Records (n.k.a. Ne’Astra Music Group) responded by cutting Elzhi’s appearances on “The Villa Manifesto” LP in half. Ultimately, the label made the decision to remove Elzhi from Slum Village.
With The JAE.B Group as new management since 2010 and Elzhi’s departure from the record label that is home of Slum Village, Elzhi is now focused on reaching new heights. After a decade of recording, and years of international touring under his belt, Elzhi has the focus and experience to conquer new levels of success as a solo artist and one of the greatest emcees.
In mid 2011 Elzhi released his eagerly anticipated mixtape, “Elmatic”, a homage to Nas’ widely praised debut “Illmatic”. With his positive image and undeniable talent, Elzhi is considered to be one of the greatest emcees in the world. As he moves forward, Elzhi will continue to build on his strong, international fan base.
Download “Elmatic” here – www.elzhi.com
Wednesday 7th September - San Francisco Bath House, Wellington
Thursday 8th September - Fu Bar, Auckland
Tour support announced 2nd of August
Tickets available now from Under The Radar, Real Groovy (Auckland) and Slow Boat Records(Wellington)