HIP HOP: Elzhi (SLUM VILLAGE) LIVE @ TONE feat. Frezie & Ology & Hau (Koolism/JJJ) + ELMATIC MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD


Grindin’ & The Main Ingredients are pleased to announce the first solo show in Sydney for one of Hip Hop’s most lyrical MC’s live and direct from Detroit, Elzhi.

Elzhi made his international debut on “Come and Get It,” a stand out song from Jay Dee’s (J Dilla) debut album, “Welcome 2 Detroit”. The widespread praise for the track led to Elzhi joining the group Slum Village in 2002. The albums that Elzhi recorded as a member of the group – “Trinity”, “Detroit Deli” and “Slum Village” – have sold more than 600,000 copies and established Slum Village as one of the most respected Hip Hop groups in the world.

In 2009, Elzhi hired a new manager who immediately made enquiries into Slum Village’s contract with E1 music regarding their new album. RJ Rice, the founder of the group’s long-time label, Barak Records (n.k.a. Ne’Astra Music Group) responded by cutting Elzhi’s appearances on “The Villa Manifesto” LP in half. Ultimately, the label made the decision to remove Elzhi from Slum Village.

With The JAE.B Group as new management since 2010 and Elzhi’s departure from the record label that is home of Slum Village, Elzhi is now focused on reaching new heights. After a decade of recording, and years of international touring under his belt, Elzhi has the focus and experience to conquer new levels of success as a solo artist and one of the greatest emcees.

In mid 2011 Elzhi released his eagerly anticipated mixtape, “Elmatic”, a homage to Nas’ widely praised debut “Illmatic”. With his positive image and undeniable talent, Elzhi is considered to be one of the greatest emcees in the world. As he moves forward, Elzhi will continue to build on his strong, international fan base.

Download “Elmatic” here – www.elzhi.com

Sunday September 11th @ Tone

Elzhi (Formerly of Slum Village/Detroit)
Supported by
Big Village Showcase
DJ’s Ology & Frenzie
Hosted by Hau (Koolism/Triple J)

Doors open 7.00pm
$25 + BF tickets through Moshtix or $35 on the door
Tickets on sale now – http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=49086&ref=elzhi

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CLASSIC CHICAGO HOUSE: Lil Louis – French Kiss


There is only one Lil Louis!

Chicago based DJ and producer.

One of the most popular Chicago house producers during the late ’80s thanks to his massive club hit “French Kiss“, Lil’ Louis was also the only Chicago producer to successfully deal with the major labels; he released two albums for Epic, and only left the label at his own instigation. Born in Chicago, Louis was the son of guitarist Bobby Sims, who recorded for Chess and appeared with the psychedelic-soul unit Rotary Connection. He grew up with nine siblings and played both drums and bass as a child, then began DJing in the mid-’70s (he earned his nickname after appearances at the club River’s Edge while still in middle school). By the end of the decade he had his own club, the Future, where he began working on his editing techniques, thanks to a cassette deck and later a reel-to-reel recorder.
By the 1980s, Lil’ Louis was hosting the biggest house parties in Chicago, and he began recording his productions around that time as well. His first single “How I Feel” appeared on his own label, and he began collaborating with Marshall Jefferson on several tracks – “Seven Ways to Jack” by Hercules, Byron Stingily‘s “I Can’t Stay Away”. In 1987, his new single “French Kiss” became a local hit, then a platinum-selling international classic after being licensed to CBS and ffrr. The success triggered a major-label contract through Epic, and the release of his debut album “From the Mind of Lil’ Louis” in 1989. Charting a course across jazz-fusion and R&B as well as house, the LP was one of the best produced by any of the Chicago figures, and included session contributions from Larry Heard, Die Warzau and his own father on drums. From the album, the moody single “I Called U” became another club hit. His follow-up LP, the more stylistically unified “Journey with the Lonely”, didn’t fare as well and Lil’ Louis retired from recording for over four years, preferring instead to set up his own studio in New York and work on production with Babyface and Me’Shell Ndegeocello. He returned by collaborating with “Little” Louie Vega of Masters At Work and also worked on production for Black Magic.

Download: Lil Louis French Kiss (original)

Download: Lil’ Louis- “French Kiss” (Backup Your Conversation)

More rare versions and dope write up on Lil Louis @ Hashmoder online.

Soul/Hip Hop: Vinia Mojica "Sands Of Time"


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A name that was to become well known in Hip Hop circles her singing debut was a cameo on Jungle Brothers “Acknowledge Your Own History”

http://ia360709.us.archive.org/1/items/JungleBrothersAcknowledgeYourOwnHistory_973/JungleBrothersAcknowledgeYourOwnHistory.mp3″
(taken from the album Done by the Forces of Nature)

Two long years later she reappeared to make her most notorious performance on this

Shortly after “Roller Skating Jam” was released she again showed up in the form of a cameo on A Tribe Called Quest‘s Low End Theory album.

http://ia360704.us.archive.org/7/items/ATribeCalledQuestVersesFromTheAbstract/ATribeCalledQuestVersesFromTheAbstract.mp3″
(“Verses From the Abstract”)

Initially released on Bobbito’s shortly lived Fruitmeat label this record was so incredibly slept on when it was released I couldn’t find one place that has it for sale today – not Discogs, not ebay, not gemm – nobody has it.  Discogs didn’t even have a listing for it.

I did see a Discogs listing for the original original version of this song that was actually a record put out by L.A. based rapper Kombo featuring Miss Mojica, but the version featured here is a different mix than the one featured on the Kombo 12″, although both are produced by Geology.

The record looks like this

http://ia360701.us.archive.org/7/items/ViniaMojicasandsOfTimeGeosQuintessentialMix/ViniaMojica.mp3″
Vinia Mojica “Sands of Time” Geo’s Qunitessential Mix @ 320

Check out Miss Vinia Mojica’s discography here.

note – She has a fan page on Facebook and posted on her wall what looks like an unreleased album dated 2005.

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Soul/Hip Hop: Vinia Mojica “Sands Of Time”


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A name that was to become well known in Hip Hop circles her singing debut was a cameo on Jungle Brothers “Acknowledge Your Own History”

http://ia360709.us.archive.org/1/items/JungleBrothersAcknowledgeYourOwnHistory_973/JungleBrothersAcknowledgeYourOwnHistory.mp3″
(taken from the album Done by the Forces of Nature)

Two long years later she reappeared to make her most notorious performance on this

Shortly after “Roller Skating Jam” was released she again showed up in the form of a cameo on A Tribe Called Quest‘s Low End Theory album.

http://ia360704.us.archive.org/7/items/ATribeCalledQuestVersesFromTheAbstract/ATribeCalledQuestVersesFromTheAbstract.mp3″
(“Verses From the Abstract”)

Initially released on Bobbito’s shortly lived Fruitmeat label this record was so incredibly slept on when it was released I couldn’t find one place that has it for sale today – not Discogs, not ebay, not gemm – nobody has it.  Discogs didn’t even have a listing for it.

I did see a Discogs listing for the original original version of this song that was actually a record put out by L.A. based rapper Kombo featuring Miss Mojica, but the version featured here is a different mix than the one featured on the Kombo 12″, although both are produced by Geology.

The record looks like this

http://ia360701.us.archive.org/7/items/ViniaMojicasandsOfTimeGeosQuintessentialMix/ViniaMojica.mp3″
Vinia Mojica “Sands of Time” Geo’s Qunitessential Mix @ 320

Check out Miss Vinia Mojica’s discography here.

note – She has a fan page on Facebook and posted on her wall what looks like an unreleased album dated 2005.

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