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

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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