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[With a long-awaited comeback album, Lead Poison, arriving next month, Detroit rap veteran Elzhi speaks to SOHH about what fans should expect from his follow-up to 2011’s Elmatic album.]

It’s something that music needs right now. This is the realest sh*t I ever wrote. I feel like it’s coming from a place with me battling adversity and just the discrepancies that were put before me.

I felt like people could either relate to it or vibe to it or break it down if they wanted to get deeper into the music on a technical end. It gives you many ways to listen to it and enjoy it.

I feel like this is something people will appreciate and it may end up being the soundtrack to their lives.

This is extremely personal. It’s really opening that door and leaving it open for people to look through and listen and almost be a fly on the wall.

I’m giving people, for the years that they haven’t heard from me, the reasons and the information as to why I’ve been gone for so long.

Music-wise, it’s incredible. The producers on there are incredible. Musically, it’s just different and conceptually, it’s different and it’s its own thing.

In my catalogue, it sits in its own space.

When you listen to the music, just be prepared to go through what I went through. It’s kind of wild and I can’t wait for the people to hear it.

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