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  • Sam Hvezda

    cant wait

  • Yasser

    nice shoes

  • skeeter

    on repeat..

  • Buss’d

    sweet.

  • real talk

    pumped. LETS GOOOOO

  • dunk

    yes.

  • zhifi

    Burning now then jumping in the whip to BURN & BLAZE !!!!! eLZhi is the shizzz

  • Ted

    shit is good; elzhi

  • Rezo

    This is dope, my only complaint is I wish he didn't switch the original beats up. If it had the original beats this would be incredible, I just think that kind of made this lose a couple of points considering it's an ode to Illmatic.

  • http://www.howapropos.com SirCatalyst

    It's been a long 2 & a half years since them snippets leaked. Bought my copy to show support on http://www.elzhi.com

  • Rezo

    Btw I am mainly referring to "It Ain't Hard To Tell", the beat kind of sounds wack. The original is much better.

  • real talk

    pissed i cant light one up for this til tomorrow, but itll be worth the wait

  • jojoba

    so happy he switched the beats up.... Illmatic is hot but we've heard it. Time for something. Also Ill-Matic tributes are dead. Didn't Fashawn do a whole illmatic mix about a year ago. Stop switching up the album.

  • xastey

    Is it me or is XXLMag.com site download link just an endless loop?

  • http://www.howapropos.com SirCatalyst

    @Jojoba Elmatic was suppose to drop in early/mid 2009 using the original beats but something happened. So Fashawn kinda bit the idea from El.

  • udsurf

    he download like isnt working...

  • Dudemeister

    I already heard Nas body every one of the originals, I probably wouldnt have given this a play if he didnt switch it up at all. As it is, tho, this is ill as shit.

  • http://www.google.com JustWantTheDamnMusic

    yeah give us a legit fuckin download ive been waiting for like 2 years and then your gonna do this fuck ass boy shit.. put it in front of my face and send me to a stupid endless loop... NIGGA I GOTTA WORK IN LIKE 30 MINUTES!

  • FrankThaTank

    XXL is the new Source.
    RUBBISH

  • http://2dboyz Untitled

    Twisting somethin just for this when I resign from labor this evening.

    All the hell I'll go through will be worth the wait.

  • Cammack979

    IM getting proper fucked off with this loop the loop bullshit XXl. Damn we all need a new link.

  • Cammack979

    XXL has got it sorted with a mediafire link.

  • daboss

    downloaded fine for me. bout to swag the fuck out to this shit, eLZhi is that shittttttttt

  • http://twitter.com/SlickGZKC Slick. G

    Does anyone else think Elzhi's right hand look like its missing a pinky bone on the cover? anyway, Shits ill.

  • Y3K

    Link working now praise the lawd

  • JamesYancey
  • Other Guy

    You dont "swag out" to Elzhi. "daboss", youre doing it wrong.

  • yugang

    Im downloading this.....and im NOT coming back online until i've finished the whole tape! *Downloading NOW*

  • http://www.twitter.com/jacken_88 jacken_88

    Thank u elzhi. U made my week!

  • marty mcfly

    Elzhi flow = Technical discipline with word patterns. DOPE

  • Coolin

    Damn, that Represent intro gave me chills!
    This shit is too good...

  • http://turbocityofficial.ning.com/ Turbo City

    Dude got bars..........

  • http://twitter.com/jadinshropshire J.S.

    4 people are bugging.

  • LordMort

    Elzhi wants his name to be stylized eLSie

    Word to the mother
    http://www.cuke.com/images/Elsie%20other/DTS-Elsie~13.JPG

  • http://www.2dopeboyz.com wakala

    A hip-hop god.

  • http://thievesintheknight.blogspot.com bucknasty

    nothing better than live hip-hop, and then you add Elzhi on it? dope. even though i think Elzhi is one of the best lyricists of our time, i don't think he's lived up to it on his releases. weird.

  • @LordMort

    You are not funny.

  • Maga D

    listening now, so far I see that the tracklisting is different than the OG version, Wonder how that'll go. & He spit on The Genesis? Damn, I thought that was a rap commandment to not rap on that. haha. Beats are nice though. Zhi always been one of the most technical MCs, But Nas was technical as hell on the OG disc, wonder how it'll compare. Fash's was a 7-8.

  • This Dude

    EASILY the best Illmatic tribute Ive ever heard. As a matter of fact, everybody else just stop now.

  • Bansky

    lol, how is anyone ever going to top this homage? This is so good good I'm pre-ordering the physical copy right now,Elzhi just shat on the entire rap game, no one has anything on him at the moment.

  • cool hand cal

    I've been really sleeping on this cat. This music rides.

  • Snagz

    Would LOVE this in better quality! Is this the best quality available? 128kpbs? Has to be a better quality link somewhere. This is too dope to be in shitty quality.

  • Snagz

    I don't get it the 2 leaks were 320 and the actual tape is 128?? Something is wrong about that.

  • Sandlot

    Deeeeeeeeeeetroit! This + Royce & Em + Big Sean got Detroit lookin down on the rest of the rap game. Proud of ma city!

  • KirkCheese

    da homie knows Jae his mgr... say's they will have a new high quality download on elzhi.com tomorrow. since xxl fuckin up..

  • t.bigums

    Anyone got a hulkshare link?

  • daboss

    @"Other Guy" if i'm listening to it, and I own all the slum village albums, and I bought The Preface on the day it came out, and I've been down with eLZhi since day 1, can't i use the phrase "swag out"? you're hating, which is "doing it wrong".

    mixtape's extremely dope, well worth the download.

  • Leeeeroy Jenkins!

    ^No. Elzhi is exclusively for people that dont use the term "swag".

  • TekZilla

    I dont know what the complaints are all about. Will Sessions did an AMAZING job re-creating these beats. Id way rather have this than El just rapping over the og instrumentals. Elzhi is infallible as usual.

  • Dorian

    Oh my fucking god thank you, I literally just shed a tear, definitely getting the physical edition.

  • daboss

    @leeeroy jenkins! lol. he's for people that care about intricate rhyme schemes, internal rhymes, complex flows, and dope lyrics. whether or not they use a word doesn't mean shit.

  • Duke Nookim

    No 1 Time 4 Ya Mind on this joint?

  • daboss

    ^ i was ridiculously disappointed to see it wasn't included too. one of the best hip hop songs of all time.

  • http://vimeo.com/user677428/videos Chi2LA23

    I just wish he was releasing an album with new beats. Still going to bump the shit out of this though!

    One of the best.

  • That Nigga Who Fucked Your Bitch Then Took Yo Momma Out To Dinner

    This nigga is mad boring. Only fuck boys like this shit

  • FAILMATIC

    ELMATIC - ELZHI RAPPING ABOUT RAPPING AND HOW GOOD HE RAPS OVER RE WORKED CLASSIC NAS BEATS. I THINK I'LL PASS.
    HE'S BORING, AND DOESN'T HAVE GOOD ENOUGH MUSIC FOR HIM TO BE COCKY AND THINKS HE'S BETTER THAN EVERYONE. HE RAPS GREAT, BUT I'LL SETTLE FOR AN AVERAGE/DECENT RAPPER WITH BETTER SONGS THAT ARE ORIGINAL

  • @FAILMATIC

    U didnt listen to the tape, retard. Everybody can tell.

  • marty mcfly

    @FAILMATIC and other haters... He has original music thats dope already and the reason why hes cocky in his delivery is cause hes put in his ten years already and hes influenced alot of people by coming in the game over Dilla beats with Slum Village. If he aint for you thats cool but he can probably out rap the artists you listen to.

  • ark

    Fuck a hater. It's good and free. What are you bitching about?

  • White Mike

    Just so you all know, the bonus song on track 10 after Verbal Intercourse 2 is Detroit State of Mind (Khrysis Remix) feat. Sean Boog, with the cuts by DJ Flash!

  • Some Nigga Who Fucked Ya Girlfriend Then Gave Her Herpes

    I dont give a fuck if he can out rap Waka Flocka, hes boring. I rather watch paint dry in Japan than listen to this shit.

  • @You

    ^Yea, youve already been here and said the same shit, and nobody agrees with u because u have no taste. What are u still doing here? Ohhh thats right... hating.

  • (l,k)

    lol i dont know what you guys are talking about but this was probably the fast download i've ever had on this site

  • The nigga that splashed off in ya moms and never claimed you

    Bitch ass niggas can diss this all they want. What difference does it make? The shit is still fiyah! And they're still bitch ass niggas.
    Yeah youre a bunch af bitch ass niggas cuz we dont agree so dickupinyafuckya!

  • http://www.twitter.com/@kamus365 J.O

    "Elzhi flow = Technical discipline with word patterns"
    ------------------------------------

    #Co-Sign

  • Ifty

    FFffffffffffffrrrrrrrrrrrrrruuuuuuuuucccccccccckkkkkkkkkkk the haters, you can stay munchin on cocks all day.

    We all KNOW eLZhi is the nicest around!

    Hope to see eLZhi at the Jazz Cafe on May 16th

    DETROIT STAND UP... UK STAND UP!

    BLESS

  • casper wordsmith

    When people get their hard copy, there will be a CDQ rip.
    Oh, and nobody said this by now: MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR. (Yet. Til Section80 drops.)

  • TheFalconCity

    YEEEAAAA BUDDY!

  • ChRiS.

    Wow, elZHI is just unreal. Music for hip hop heads. Kids get the fuck out of here.

  • chris

    co-sign everybody saying the mixtape is dope. legitimately don't think i'm going to stop bumping this for months.

  • nasirsaadiq

    I was skeptical at first, when I heard El was remaking Illmatic. I just listened to the whole joint and he MURRRRRRRRDERED EVERY TRACK!!!!! Cats betta pay attention! I remember hearing Elzhi on Dirty District with Mu thinking who is this cat!!!! This shit is dope. Oh yeah to everybody bitchin' about this,that, and the third....This is FREE quality music!!!! SMFH@fickle so called Hip-Hop fans#annoyed

  • Moses

    Finally. I have been waiting for this all day.

  • Clark

    The World is Yours is a masterpiece soooo sick!

  • casper wordsmith

    And holy mother of fuck ((c) Debra Morgan), them "hidden" tracks knock hard. Damn, this shit is good.

  • http://hulkshare.com/8ve4i7iz5xg3 snippet

    hulkshare.com/8ve4i7iz5xg3

  • FAILMATIC

    I'M NOT A HATER, I FUCKS WITH THE PREFACE BUT ALL HE DOES IS RAP, HE HAS NO PERSONALITY, NO EMOTION. NO APPEAL. NO RELATIBILITY.
    AND NO, I HAVEN'T LISTENED TO IT. BUT I'VE HEARD 3 SONGS ALREADY AND IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS (DENNIS GREEN VOICE). YOU'VE HEARD ONE ELZHI SONG, YOU'VE HEARD EM ALL. AND YOU WONDER WHY OTHER RAPPERS ARE MORE POPULAR, NONE OF HIS SONGS HAVE ANY REPLAY VALUE.

  • marty mcfly

    Who are you comparing Elzhi too and who do you consider better? And yeah I know there are better rappers but im just asking to find out where your coming from. Who do you consider better? El is trying to master what he does , hes not concerned with being anything else. Believe it or not some people arent concerned with fame.

  • Yup

    FAILMATIC listens to music for his friends' approval.

  • FAILMATIC

    HE NEEDS TO MASTER MAKING GOOD SONGS INSTEAD OF MASTERING "RAPPING". ELZHI IS THE BASKETBALL PLAYER THAT HAS THE MOST PICTURE PERFECT JUMPSHOT AND NO OTHER ASPECT TO HIS GAME. THAT'S MY PROBLEM WITH ELZHI. HE JUST RAPS. RAPPING ABOUT RAPPING OR JUST RAPPING ABOUT NOTHING IS WACK. IDC WHO IT IS.

  • PACO

    @YUP I LISTEN TO GOOD MUSIC. NOT RAP MUSIC ABOUT NOTHING. I DON'T CARE HOW GOOD THE ACTUAL RAPPING HIS. "HE SAID RAP ABOUT LIFE, NOT RAP NIGGAS" - KENDRICK LAMAR. I DON'T LISTEN TO BULLSHIT

  • Yup

    You also apparently enjoy changing your name to look like your uninformed opinion spans several people. Try listening to the tape before attacking the subject matter, cuz u come off as simply ignorant when u try to say hes not rapping about anything when the tape youre trying to diss proves u wrong.

  • AutoMatic

    PACO = FAILMATIC

  • marty mcfly

    Being relatable and emotional and having appeal doesnt always make your music dope. Those things help but one MC cant be everything. Take Evidence for instance , he isnt the most appealing or emotional about life subjects but he makes some dope music. Take Black Thought for example , he does alot of verbal gymnastics but the end result of his songs has substance. Then take Pharrell , he is not relatable to people because he lives a billionaire lifestyle and raps in complex patterns that kids will never understand like his verse from US PLACERS and his last freestyle The Game Has Changed , but he still makes good music. What im saying is one rapper cant be everything but they still have to do what they do well and thats what Elzhi is doing.

  • daboss

    Elzhi rips beats, i don't care if he's rapping about rapping or what. His punchlines are dope and his flow is sick. Haters hop off.

  • slaughter

    If you don't like elzhi that's fine, just don't claim to be a fan of hip-hop if that's the fact....elzhi defines perfection when it comes to rapping, every bar is pure genius, this mixtape will have plenty of replay value among any respectable rap fans i know....it's a shame he doesn't get the credit he deserves.

  • http://myjestikblog.com Myjestik

    elzhi's dope. i hope this doesnt disappoint

  • 897

    word up i'm buying the physical. this is incredible. the world is yours and one love tracks are some of the most amazing music i've heard in a damn long time. regardless of wheather you disagree or not with me, this comes DAMN close to the original

  • GH

    DOPE SHIT! ELZHI IS A BEAST!!!

  • Filthy

    WOW! This shit is incredible. The production on this is crazy. I didnt expect this at all.

  • Kreotin

    Why does everybody have to make a play on the illmatic title?

    Illmatic is untouchable, and will remains that way.

    On the plus side, new eLZhi is always nice.

  • D

    how the fuck is this guy still underrated?

  • killamic

    eLZhi is the best. Nuff said!

  • kriss255

    This is SUPERDOPE!!!!!!didnt expect it to be this hot.

  • SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT

    Yes 93 comments, not bad.. Can't fuckin wait for the first listen though omfg I been waitin too long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ray

    Fucking amazing i love it

  • Fort Apache BXNY

    Just Made a Playlist With The OG, Fashawn's Ode 2 And Elmatic. Nas > Elzhi > Fashawn...... Elzhi is one of the elite MC's in HIP HOP

  • http://www.unkleluc.com unkleLuc

    SlutTime..he's second only to Lupe

  • Spike

    This is really dope

  • MARS

    nobody talks bout if is this a good illmatic ode,or not? nobody talkin bout illmatic??? nobody talkinb bout j dilla?? nobody talkin bout SV?
    c'mon kids

  • Cage

    Very Dope concept, and a dope way to pay homage... I think anyone with a good ear can appreciate this... And most people that use "swag" in 2011 are homos.. To each their own, just sayin though... Now let download this right uick

  • Luke Thee Element
  • Maga D

    So finished the tape, a while ago obviously. The tracklisting didn't even bother me, the beats some of them were real fresh but I didn't like how he'd finish the song half way through & just let the beat ride out, I never liked that though but I know a lot of people don't mind. I still prefer the OG beats though, & a big preference for them. Represent beat was ok for me & I didn't like the intros that some of the songs had. I know Zhi been wantin to drop this for a minute but Fashawn beat him to it, so my nigga had to come up with a new concept & change the beats, but honestly the tape imo would'a been better with the OG beats. I'll give it a 7 because I don't like the beats ridin out for two minutes, but you Roots fans should dig this if you never peeped Elzhi. YO, and if you never listened to Fashawn's version, get on it, people talk shit on the internet but homeboy got raw on the tape like Zhi did but, like I thought Zhi should've, on the OG beats. Both versions are good, but neither one can touch the OG, not that they were trying to beat it, and I hope this is the last tribute for Illmatic... ever, don't let the Illmatic beats turn into the next Amilli/swagga like us, oh lord. smh. Anyway listen to this tape fool.

  • Illa

    Amazingly Dope. I been waiten on this for a minute If u dont like it then to each his own but i know what the fucks up. Ever track is fire and if u dig The Roots then you will love how Els flipped Illmatic. PEACE!!

  • tommy spinelli
  • jayarra

    who the fuck disliked this??

  • yeah

    Dope. Would have liked One Time 4 Your Mind to be done as well.

  • mark Geez

    This shit is nuts

  • what??

    @FAILMATIC ur lying about fucking with the preface, u didnt listen to much of his material and u apparently shit flies over ur head cause u said all he does is rap and dont rap about anything other than rappin

    Talking in my sleep (from preface) is not about rapping
    d.e.m.o.n.s (from preface) is not about rapping
    colors (from preface) is not about rapping
    growing up (from preface) is not about rapping
    hands up (from preface) is not about rapping
    verbal intercourse pt. 2 was not about how good he was at rapping
    dont be alarmed is not about rapping
    scattered pictures is not about rapping
    Where It All Begins is not about rapping
    concrete eyes is not about rapping
    half of elmatic is not just him simplying rapping about rap
    etc. etc.

    GTFOH. Try really getting into his catalog and really LISTEN to the music the next time u make those bogus claims

  • RuanHoll

    Dope

  • http://oddfuture.com DopeboyShake

    niggas need to innovate not recreate...Nas will always sound and be better than this Dilla dick rider.

  • @THEFakeDopeboyshake

    ^^^shut yo hatin ass up and YOU need to get off shake's dick trying to pretend to be him and shit smh

  • gasface

    You know what makes this project that much more dope????
    ALL the tracks are "remixed" by the LIVE BAND Will Sessions!!!!
    Will Sessions my friends is not a one man producer/DJ but an actual band!
    Now that is 2DOPE

  • bjt

    how can you hate on this dude. if there was someone that would be able to do nas' illmatic justice i think elzhi would be a good candidate. his flow is crazy and i cant think of anyone that wouldve done it better..

  • Jordon

    Amazing "Best Of" 2-Disc collection for eLZhi
    http://www.realhiphophead.com/2011/04/elzhi-best-of-2011-2-disc.html

  • Nate

    Dope, but the original will never be touched. El should've went on after it got delayed so often, a new solo would be appreciated much more.

  • http://www.google.com BG

    Fuck shit... don't fuck with the classics man. This shit was straight up whack.

  • smh@niggas

    @BG Oh get over yourself. Dont be acting like one of those bitch ass hip hop purist who freaks out whenever someone does a cover of a past record. Just take it for what it is & the intention behind. Now stop ur whining.

  • 3131313

    Why isn't this on the front page, up top?

  • GODr.

    This is good.

  • el jefe

    Thanks for this

  • T-Dot

    YEO MEKA/SHAKE

    BUMP THIS SHIT UPPPPPPPPPP

  • Spike

    This is such a dope project cause it actually "recreates" Illmatic, it doesn't just copy it. The World is Yours and Represent sound incredible.

    And what's wrong with a cover album anyway? Other genres of music do it all the time. It's not like he's selling it and making money from it, he's putting it out for free! So stop hating. Elzhi > your favorite rapper.

  • @Failmatic

    @FAILMATIC WHO IS PROBABLY T3 OR OLD MANAGEMENT OF ELZHI ....GET YO HATING WACK ASS OUT OF HERE! LOL.... GO GET SOME SUNGLASSES OR A SOMBRERO FOR ALL OF THIS SHINE THIS NIGGA ELZHI GETTING. LOL FINALLY THIS NIGGA GETTING SOME LUV CUZ IS HE IS NOT WIT YALL ANYMORE. HE IS THE BEST MCEE, RAPPER, HIP HOP ARTIST, OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT CURRENTLY IN THE GAME. ELZHI HAS BEEN DOPE SINCE THAT FIRST DILLA ALBUM. THE KID IS FUCKING FIRE!
    ALL HATERS WILL BURN IN HELL. IVE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR THIS PROJECT FOR LIKE 3 YEARS . AND FINALLY TODAY IS A CELEBRATION TO MY EARS...AND EVERYONE ON THIS BLOG!

    ELZHI IS AN EXCITING ARTIST AND ELMATIC IS THE BEST MIX-TAPE OF THE YEAR (PERIOD)

  • yeah

    This is an excellent tribute. But Royce was weak with his AZ guest verse IMO.

  • ivemar80

    Represent is dope as fuck. IMO the best conversion from the original beatwise.

  • rene

    what the fuck??????
    the new beats + elzhi's flow is what made this album. I fucking love this album. If the beats were not changed i'd get bored second listen through... i mean i've listened to illmatic about 100000 times.

    i rarely make posts like these but when there's an ill album and ppl are hating on the production someone has to say something.

  • red

    Really sad that there isn't a unanimous decision about this tape.
    This is easily 1 of the best projects I've heard in a long time.
    ScienZe and elZhi made 5-10-11 the best day for hip hop in 2011.

  • HipHop

    Elzhi ripped it and did a great job, but Royce was a disgrace compared to the legendary verse AZ dropped 17 years (!) ago, expected much more from him.

  • lla

    Props for Elzi for provided complex flow, absolutely perfect timing, over re-mastered and updated Illmatic beats. Love the live instrumentation in the beats. Glad they just didnt use the instrumentals...

  • ??????????/

    1. this tape was great

    2. loved the fact all the tracks were remixed.

    3. great job elzhi. great job.

  • ??????????/

    and yea..i think this is defo gonna b mixtape of the year..or possible 2nd not sure who is gonna top it..but we only half way thru so just sayin.

  • word up

    What the fuck is up with these fickle ass dumbfucks on this blogsite? If you hatin in any fashion about this mixtape, yo a straight fucking clown. This mixtape is straight from hell. FUCKING FIRE! Elzhi's bars on this is ridiculous! And love the live instrumentation from Will Sessions. I actually dig the beats riding out in the end. It's a 2011 version. Even though no one will ever surpass the original, but a great way to pay homage to one of the best hip hop albums EVER. Will be bumpin this for much of the year like Covert Coup, Return of 4EVA, Fear Of God, etc. Can't wait for Random Axe & Section 80 tho. Real recognize real and real niggas know good music when they hear it so fuck haters.

    P.S.- I thought this was better than Fashawn's version honestly. Not sayin Fashawn ain't ill as fuck tho, but just dug this version better. Sorry. Had to say it.

    Detroit Stand Up! (not from there but they got amazing mc's)

  • http://Www.2dopeboyz.com Seimax

    Elzhi is the best lyricist in hip-hop.And those saying he 'raps about rapping' are just dumb.Have you heard his preface album? This guy has some of the illest concepts ever.Some people are just sad.

  • DG

    just got to listen to the whole thing and I'm just blown away by this tape this tape shits on every other tribute to Nas's album the remake of the beats are on point and lyrically damn this is just some next level shit i don't see how anybody can front on elzhi with this one.

  • base

    tooooo El. dude been slept on for a long time

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehjcGYZpfK8

  • 313’s A-Train

    ...Detroit stand up. This. Shit. Is. Fire.

  • FortApache163rd

    Before that Ice Cube conflit with MC Ren/Around the time when 3rd bass got dissed by X-Clan/I used to wake up every morning wit my ear in the box/ Bumping Rakim, Kane, Finess, Freddie Foxx. Then I brought the Nas Cd, Biggie's and Pac's. Wu tang, Jay-Z's. Gang star and the LOX/ Now a days i need the cream and the cash just like the next man/ use my mind 2 make shit move just like the X-Man.!

  • CrewGrr

    this tape is the bees kneeses/ El?....hell hes jesus/

  • MistahPostmanYO!

    as far as remaking this classic and giving it away free goes...i think itll have the effect of giving him the exposure he needs as an artist .....anyone who loves this tape as much as i do will be willing to shell out a few schillings when he puts out his next project

  • yeah

    Where's that new album El'? This is dope as fuck

  • Jadakiss

    The illest tape to drop this year yet, hands down

  • Van City

    This is dope but...
    Illmatic >>>> Elmatic
    Lets not get shit twisted...