Finally, it's here! "Timeless" from Él the Self Image has seen it's share of hard times (no pun intended), and has emerged as the great release of 2006. Él has put together an eclectic mix of club tracks, conscious music, and street tracks that both flex his lyrical ability and provide an uninterrupted glimpse into his world. Joined by Stay Strap and X-Streem from the Mansion of Mayhem, and Shottie Recendez of Deziak Klan, Él the Self Image delivers a deathblow to Pop/Crap rappers everywhere. Él the Self Image, Born Thomas Itabiyi in Houston TX and raised in Anaheim, has been expressing himself thru Hip-Hop since he was 15. It began as writing raps in class and spittin' them at lunch, but soon progressed to rapping over industry beats and battling on various message boards. Producing came out of necessity. How can one put out a song and profit from it if they're steeling beats? From Fruity Loops, to cheap keyboards to his current weapon of choice, the Yamaha Motif, Él has worked his craft well. From quiet and shy to loud and obnoxious, Él has made many transitions in his life that have put him in the position to be Orange County's first Hip-Hop Heavyweight (no pun intended). Él pulls inspiration from everything around him, and uses it to paint a lyrical landscape. More so of a storyteller, than a metaphoric lyricist, Él the Self Image's music is along the lines of that heard from Dilated Peoples, Mos Def, Common, Jurassic 5, and sometimes, Ludacris! His lyrics are easy to understand yet powerful as he covers a wide range of topics and ideas. Witty and poignant lyrics that drive right at the heart of today's issues are what Él delivers best, as heard in songs like "War" and "The Observer". What's up with Él? Él the Self Image is dope! Fresh off the success of his contribution to the Ku Ku Mixtape, he again stimulates our ear drums with his new album "Timeless." Some of you might remember his first release, "Reflection of Self" which he plans to re-release in 2007. Some of you might have caught him on stage at The Roc in Costa Mesa, House of Blues in Anaheim, Queen Mary and Blue Café in Long Beach, Incahoots in Riverside, or even the Paladino in Tarzana. Some have even heard him spittin' on albums from Lil-Ant of Sicc & Twisted Ganksta Records, and X-Streem of Mansion of Mayhem. 2006 has been a busy year for Él, who is currently working on X-Streem's forth coming release "Project X". Él is also doing collaborations with as many artists as possible, including mix tapes. This year alone, he has appeared on the "We Want Eazy", a mix tape dedicated to the memory of Eric "Eazy E", the Ku Ku Mix tape 2 which will be nationally distributed and marketed with ringtones, and an Orange County based mix tape who's title and release date are TBA. This cat is hot, put your Stunna Shades on and bathe in the glory!