1. WATCH: Elzhi – “Memory Lane” Music Video.

    The heart of Detroit’s mid-90s hip-hop scene, Maurice Malone’s Hip-Hop Shop has become the stuff of legend for fans of Motor City raps – the place where folks like Eminem, Royce da 5’9″ and a gang of others cut their teeth in battles, hung out, and bonded as a community. Those of us who’ve seen the film 8 Mile may have some idea of what that environment was like (as the movie’s famous battle scenes were inspired by open mic sessions at the Shop). But Elzhi’s latest video, “Memory Lane” – from his acclaimed Illmatic re-work, Elmatic – goes a step further, presenting a treasure trove of archival footage of The Hip-Hop Shop from back in the day that’s the perfect visual accompaniment to his nostalgic narrative. While it’s of course bugged seeing rare glimpses of the likes of Eminem , and Royce – all looking so damn fresh-faced and innocent. There’s also something quite poignant about the shots of those who’ve since passed on – Proof , Baatin of Slum Village, and J Dilla . Directed, with much love, by Gerard Victor & Jae Barber.

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