Before eLZhi dropped his homage to Nas, I questioned whether or not we needed another reiteration of the storied LP. Looking back on my doubt now though, being wrong never felt so good. Not only did our favorite former Slum Village spitter succeed in separating the project from that of his Queensbridge predecessor, but with the help of Will Sessions’ reworked versions of Illmatic‘s instrumentals, he used a storied format to deliver maybe his most notable solo release to date.
To keep the steam rolling more than six months after eLmatic‘s release, eLZhi has dropped a video for one of the project’s stand-outs, “Memory Lane.” Full of vintage footage that would put a pit in the stomach of any Detroit Hip-Hop head with a soul, this touching visual finds the Seven Mile product shacked up next to a film projector, reminiscing on former friends, fallen family members and the days when his passion was done strictly out of love and without any baggage. Grab your hankies kids, this one’s a heart breaker.