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Born Mitch Kane on December 27, 1988. Zio was raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. Growing up in a single parent home, he was raised by his mother. As a young teen, Zio graduated from the streets right into the judicial system. Z started hustling from his Arlington Heights residence, he planned on making enough money to leave that lifestyle behind, which eventually he did. After developing his own unique “swag” he worked closely with producer and close friend, T-Roy. They began cutting mixtape tracks, and building up a local presence. After selling 5,000 nonchalantly, he figured it was time to start seriously pushing the mixtapes. He got them to the general public by hand instead of by Cd Exchange, bad thing, there was no proof of Cd sales, however, these mixtape recordings started earning the rapper an esteemed reputation on the streets as “The Bad Guy”, or "The Trouble Maker". Some of the tracks featured Zio and his counterparts rapping over well known beats, others mockingly dissed rappers (namely Bow Wow , Jibbs, Mike Jones and Wiz Khalifa who quickly became a known local rival). This presence generated a lot of local controversy, actually catapulting him to the 2007 Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards. Now independently taking control, Zio has put together a collection of mixtape material he plans on marketing to the world quarterly, until the big fish swim in. 2010 promises to be a huge year for this youngin’, he is working with singing coaches, new producers, new facilities such as The Studio Center, Miami, FL. The sky is the limit, Zio is shooting for the stars, only time will tell what the future holds.


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