Jason Powers (better known as Elzhi – often printed as eLZhi) is a hip-hop artist from Detroit, Michigan. Many Underground fans know him as "Detroit's Best Kept Secret". As a former member of Slum Village he now records as a solo artist. He is known particularly for his complicated rhyme schemes, involving polysyllabic ‘patterns’, internal rhymes and alliteration, as well as evocative imagery, simile and metaphor. On May 10, 2011, Elzhi released his highly anticipated mixtape Elmatic, produced by Will Sessions, as a tribute to Nas’ classic debut Illmatic. The mixtape has received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike. In his youth he would make visits to the Hip-Hop shop in Detroit, where they had Open mic nights in where rapper Proof was the host. He would find himself surrounded by Detroit's most talented MC's such as Obie Trice, Magestik Legend, Finale, Invincible, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Royce da 59, One Be Lo, J Dilla, Baatin, D12, and even Eminem during his battling days.