In a state where several rappers like David Banner, Big K.R.I.T. and Tito Lopez have found success, Jackson, Mississippi rapper E.L.I. (Empowering.Live.Instruments) looks to continue the trend with a poignant take on life in his slow Mississippi town. In a place where almost everyone knows everyone E.L.I.’s newest track is a shot at those that are jealous of his impending success.
“If I’m going to try to hide who I am in my music, then there’s no reason for me to do it,” E.L.I. said. “I can be the player, but I can also be the person who got played – and that’s something everyone can relate to. Everybody tries to act like they’re only a player and that’s not true. I feel like being vulnerable is a good chance for people to be like, ‘He’s real.’ Right now, people want to hear real music and people want to hear what’s real.”
While some artists in Jackson are stuck in the pattern of imitating legends of the south, E.L.I. has been carving his own path by telling captivating stories about his real life experiences. Now with a new project called Harry the Pothead and The Sorcerer Stoned, this southern wordsmith is turning the corner seeking greater recognition led by his management team A.J. Lewis and Robert Terell of Wealth Nation and author of the recent hot selling book, Broke & Famous – The Music Game.
“Everyone has their trials and tribulations, and I can’t say that I started from the bottom of all bottoms, but I’m definitely not a rich kid.” E.L.I. explained. “That’s my inspiration, I don’t know how to write about something that I don’t know. I consider myself an emcee because I tell stories, I like to tell people how I feel.”