Motown 25 (Featuring Royce Da 5'9")
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Audio: Elzhi F/Royce Da 5'9 "Motown 25"
"Motown 25," the first single from eLZhi's upcoming album The Preface, opens up with a thick n' heavy beat and a multi-layered weaving of Motown-era samples. The production on the autobiographical track competes for the spotlight with eLZhi's complex rhymes. The lyrics ooze style and exemplify just how good eLZhi is at what he does. He says, "N****s call me arrogant / That's because I'm confident." But with lines as fresh as "Flawless / Should be the very reason you applaud us / You saw us laying down the flow / Just as raw as crawfish," clearly there is much to brag about. Featuring Da Royce Da 5'9", best known for his work with Eminem and writing hits for the likes of Dr. Dre and P. Diddy, "Motown 25" is a triple threat of killer production, collaboration, and lyricism.