New York City got a treat last night (July 19) as Detroit representative Elzhi rocked the stage at the legendary SOB’s. The Former Slum Village member headlined a show with opening acts by Sene, Joe Cool and more.
Elzhi set the tone early in the night, starting out his set with one of his gems titled “Detroit State Of Mind.” The Michigan native, who many know as “Detroit’s Best Kept Secret,” captivated the crowd from the door with complicated rhyme schemes involving poly-syllabic patterns.
The solo artist seemingly froze time with his evocative imagery on the song “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” with bars like, “Yo let me start you from the Genesis far from where the finish is/No role models just empty bottles of Guinness’/Roaches in the ash tray toss and gettin’ fast cash/ the Ski mask way for those who never passed class.”
Elzhi performed many cuts off his highly anticipated mixtape Elmatic, which was produced by Will Sessions.
The energy was at an all-time high when Elz performed “Memory Lane,” as the fans shadowed the movements and rapped the words alongside the MC as the show came to an end.
Sene was a fan favorite on the night as well, as the Brooklyn rhyme slinger handled the crowd with ease, possessing the stage presence of a grizzled vet.
The New York native exhibited a tight flow on tracks like “Footprints,” delivering a one of a kind performance manning two mics switching between his singing and rapping. For his new fans he performed “Backboards” off his new project Brooklyn Knight, as fans were in sync with his refreshing bars and cutting edge production.
Joe Cool was on top of his game, as well during his performance in front of the New York fans. The soulful MC’s effortless flow was on display each track, weaving stories of past experiences with an old school sound in regards to production. Cool finished up his set with the You Tube hit, “I Wanna Sell Drugs.”—Christian Mordi