Zed Zilla On The Fast Track

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Memphis, Tennessee’s Zed Zilla is the latest hip hop hopeful to come to us and it’s courtesy of Memphis’s current hit maker Yo Gotti. The two rappers from different sides of one of the nation’s most celebrated musical cities hooked up not too long ago and ever since then Zed Zilla’s career has been on the fast track. The young upstart has steadily been making a name for himself on the streets with a slew of releases that have a knack for appealing to ladies, but still being able knock in the club with the same ease. It’s that versatility that has made him one of the new rappers to pay attention to and has fans eager for the release of his first major project and the first installment of his Rent’s Due mixtape series.

You pushed the Rent’s Due project back a little bit. What made you want to go with that decision?

We just really wanted to make the biggest impact possible really and with the date that we were originally going to drop it we felt it would be a little better if we push it back and drop a video or two before the cd actually comes out.

So what videos were you looking to get out to the fans?

Actually I’m planning on dropping videos soon especially for the single that I have out now, but I’m also planning to make sure that one of the videos I drop first is for one of the solo songs I got on the mixtape called “Getting Gwala”. I really don’t have too many features on the album anyway, but I thought it would be best to go with one of the solo songs first to just establish myself and get that respect as a solo artist first so they know I can do it.

So what’s going to come out of this new project?

I really just felt like it was time now that I’ve been around the world and Gotti showed me the ropes. I had been doing music, but I never really put together a project based against a single and all of that. The reason I wanted to go with Bigga Rankin is because of what he did with CM5 with the impact that it made. He’s really just a cool dude. We went to each other’s cities and got a chance to kick it and that really just made the whole project like a movement.

What’s it like seeing the buzz that you’re getting for this mixtape and the fans anticipation for it?

That’s why we really pushed it back because the fans are going crazy. Like I said before I’ve been doing music for a minute, but I never approached a cd before the way I approached this one and the fans are just making it crazy with the love that I’ve been getting from all over. When I go to different places and open up for Yo or he brings me out I really don’t have perform the songs because they know them word for word. That’s a feeling that I just can’t explain.

 

What has it been like having that connection with Yo Gotti when you’re trying to establish yourself as a new artist?

It’s like when Frank Lucas went straight to the source. It’s so crazy, but I don’t expect any handouts. I appreciate the opportunity and him showing me the ropes and putting me out there on my own. He let me do me and gave me all the creative control of the music I’m doing, but by him being that dude and putting out all these bangers for him to choose me to come out next it just gave me so much respect for dude. It’s crazy because Memphis wasn’t really known for people helping each other out, but by him being that dude that made hits and me having a small buzz in the streets he actually heard about me and reached out back to me. He had a show one day and I opened up for him and he saw the crowd reaction and we got the chance to talk and ever since that show we’ve been linked click tight.

What makes you different from him as an artist?

Gotti has his own brand like Cocaine Music. That’s his stamp and when you hear it you know it’s him. With me, I do more different types and kinds of music. We got some songs on here with Pleasure P and stuff that’s catering towards the female crowd, but I keep it G still.

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