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Jason Powers (better known as Elzhi - often printed as eLZhi) is a rapper and a member of the Detroit group Slum Village. Elzhi joined Slum Village in 2001 while they were working on their third album, Trinity (Past, Present and Future).[1]

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Biography

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Out of Focus

In 1998, Elzhi recorded a number of songs with Detroit hip-hop artist DJ Houseshoes with DJ Rios. These recording sessions yielded the material that would become the Out of Focus EP.

In late 2000, Elzhi acquired his master tapes and provided his close friends with CD's of the Out of Focus EP in addition to 3 extra tracks. These few discs allowed the material to eventually leak onto the internet under the name "Unreleased Solo Project." CDs sold or distributed under this title are usually completely mislabeled with inaccurate tracklistings and credits.

925, Waajeed, and Jay Dee

In 1999, Elzhi became affiliated with the 9-2-5 Colony, a group formed by Nick Speed and Magestik Legend. The trio of emcees recorded only a few songs together: "Gun Talk," "Oh Shit" and "Farewell." "Farewell," produced by Lacks, is a song where each emcee spits a verse about their relationships with women. Elzhi reprises a verse he had originally recorded for the DJ Houseshoes-produced "What I Am," a discarded song from the Out of Focus sessions that eventually was released when the EP leaked onto the internet. "Farewell," like the rest of the 9-2-5 material, remains incomplete and unreleased.

In 2000, Elzhi became a frequent collaborator with Waajeed. During their countless recording sessions, the pair would create an untold number of songs. "Stunted Growth" is one of the few tracks to ever emerge from this era of recording.

As Elzhi and Waajeed became closer through their collaborations, so did El's affiliation with Slum Village. Constantly working on his music, Elzhi had the opportunity to record songs over some of Jay Dee's unused beats ("Days and Nights Analyzin'," "Concrete Eyes") and attracted the attention of Slum Village member T3, who took the young artist under his wing. T3 brought Elzhi to the attention of Jay Dee. This connection paved the way for Elzhi's national debut on Jay Dee's Welcome to Detroit album, for which he received his first ever pay check in the rap game. Elzhi's verse on the song "Come Get It" was acclaimed by Hiphopsite.com upon its release.

Slum Village

In 2001, with Jay Dee no longer an official member, Slum Village began recording their follow up to Fantastic, Vol. 2. During the sessions, T3 invited Elzhi to collaborate on a few tracks. One of the earliest of these was the "Aerodynamic Remix" by Daft Punk which was featured on the Kiss of the Dragon soundtrack. Originally, Slum Village intended Elzhi's presence on the album to be nothing more than a featured guess. But, recognizing their chemistry, Baatin and T3 invited Elzhi to become a full-time member, a choice enthusiastically supported by J Dilla.

Libido Sounds and the Future

In 2004, Elzhi and Nick Speed formed the Libido Sounds label in order to release Witness My Growth, a double CD compilation of Elzhi's unreleased solo material from as early as 1997. The double disc includes exclusive J Dilla collaborations as well as highlights from the Out of Focus EP. Production credits on the mixtape include to J Dilla, Waajeed, Karriem Riggins, Page Kennedy, B.R. Gunna, DJ Magnetic, Houseshoes and The Alchemist.

His first solo project with national distribution, The Preface, was released on August 12, 2008.[2]

UK Tour With Black Milk

Elzhi was due to perform in London and Manchester with Black Milk on the 20th and 21st of March but was refused entry due to passport issues. Despite this Black Milk still performed both venues.

Discography

with The Breakfast Club

  • 200?: "The Breakfast Club" (EP) (with Dwele, Lacks, Big Tone & 87)

with Slum Village

Solo

Other

  • 2009: "The Leftovers Unmixedtape"

References

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