Premiere: Elzhi “Two 16s” (Prod. by Karriem Riggins)

Elzhi gives fans a double dose of lyrical venom as he demonstrates his exceptional storytelling skills with “Two 16s”, produced by fellow Detroit brethren, Karriem Riggins. The duo masterfully goes back to the essence of hip-hop with Elzhi giving us straight bars — no filler.

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The wordsmith flows over a dreary soundscape while telling two tragic stories about ill-fated individuals who found themselves on the wrong end of the trigger, prior to unfortunate circumstances in their lives. The chemistry between Elzhi and Riggins can be felt all over the track. This joint is a grim window into his dark, yet uplifting new album, Lead Poison.

Elzhi’s new project is now available for pre-order on iTunes and will be available this Friday (March 25).

“Anytime me and Karriem come together to create its all about making a marriage out of a feeling and being technical” Elzhi relayed to VIBE. “Two 16’s” is no different. The idea for the song came from comments that were left by my fans that only wanted to hear two 16 bar verses of straight spitting. Once I was able to flesh out the concept, Karriem came with the music that enabled me to fully zone out. Our goal was to give the fans something new, but to also give them something they didn’t even know they wanted.” Similarly, Karriem hinted that “Two 16’s” is the first of many collaborations between he and Elzhi that will hopefully be released soon. “I have been waiting to reconnect with Elzhi for awhile now on some new music and this collaboration is the first of many to come. “Two 16’s” will also be featured on my upcoming LP, The Headnod Suite, which will be released in June on Stones Throw.”