Mon 29 Feb 2016
The elusive Elzhi returns from the cold with an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-inspired video for “February,” a cut off his long-awaited album Lead Poison. The video arrives more than a year after the track originally appeared online which, in many ways, epitomizes the complicated career of one of rap’s most gifted lyricists.
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In a recent interview with Noisey, Elzhi opened up about the controversy surrounding his Kickstarter campaign (one fan threatened to sue him for not delivering the crowd-funded album) and his battle with depression that partly caused the delay of the record. “I’ve been away for awhile, and one of the reasons why I’ve been gone is because I’ve been getting chased by this fucking black cloud that I can’t seem to shake,” he said.
These feelings are clearly at the heart of the “February” video, which finds Elzhi undergoing a similar procedure as Jim Carrey’s character while reliving memories of happier times. If his confessional rhymes don’t pull at your heart strings, these visuals definitely will. R.I.P. J Dilla.
Lead Poison is due out March 25.
Also, listen to the previously released “coSIGN” featuring Skonie: