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Mixtape by
ReleasedMay 10, 2011
December 20, 2011 (iTunes)
GenreHip hop
LabelThe JAE.B Group
ProducereLZhi (exec.),
Will Sessions
ELZhi chronology
The Preface
Lead Poison
Limited Edition

Elmatic is a mixtape by Detroit rapper and former Slum Village member eLZhi. The mixtape is a tribute and a remake of Nas' 1994 classic debut Illmatic. Elmatic was initially released as free download on May 10, 2011,[1] and was later officially released via iTunes on December 20, 2011, with two extra tracks included.[2][3] The album was acclaimed by critics and praised for its lyrics and production[citation needed], many publishers and websites have named it on their top list of the year[citation needed].

The music[edit]

Working with Will Sessions was pretty cool. The whole band and myself had a love for the Illmatic album, so when I came to them with the idea they were with it, it was easy, and we all knew that we wanted to put a twist on the music as well as the lyrics. I put forth some ideas and they incorporated it in the music, made it come to life, it was pretty easy working with them. They are some talented cats, it was a blessing having them behind the project.[4]

— eLZhi

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Elzhi; all music is composed by Will Sessions.

1."The Genesis"Will Sessions2:36
2."Detroit State of Mind"Will Sessions4:45
3."Halftime"Will Sessions2:11
4."Memory Lane"Will Sessions3:47
5."The World Is Yours"Will Sessions6:16
6."Represent"Will Sessions3:09
7."Life's A Bitch" (featuring Royce da 5'9" & Stokley Williams)Will Sessions5:53
8."One Love"Will Sessions7:21
9."It Ain't Hard to Tell"Will Sessions3:48
10."Pete Rock Shout"Will Sessions6:50
Limited Edition
11."Verbal Intercourse, Pt. 2"Will Sessions2:13
12."Detroit State of Mind (Remix)"Will Sessions3:12


  1. ^ Elzhi - Elmatic Retrieved 27/02/12
  2. ^ Elmatic on Itunes iTunes - 2702/12
  3. ^ Download Elzhi's Elmatic Mixtape Now retrieved 27/02/12
  4. ^ respect-mag.com EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Retrieved on 02/03/12