Z, also known as Zaki Abdelwahed, was born and raised in the outskirts of Paris by an American mother and a Tunisian father. It’s at a young age that he discovers Rap music and quickly becomes passionate about it. But it’s when a friend of his loans him the DVD of The Up in Smoke Tour, a concert featuring Ice Cube, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre, that his passion reaches another level. From this DVD, and a youth marked with boredom and a lack of interest for school, will stem a strong determination to become a recognized actor of the Hip Hop scene.
Throughout his adolescence, he will focus on the art of making rap music, which he will strive to master at all costs, and absorb its culture. Initially, he will be predominantly influenced by two artists, Tupac and Eminem. And later on, others such as Lyfe Jennings, Jaheim or Lil' Wayne, particularly with the album The Carter II.
Two encounters will play a major part in Z’s career. In 2003, during high school, he becomes acquainted with Nzoo, a classmate, who Z now regards as his brother and whose intentions at the time were to stop Djing. Z will re-motivate him and it’s with his help that he will record his first songs and acquire a true Hip Hop culture. Then in 2007, he meets Frades. Having lived 26 years in the United States, this beatmaker/producer/manager, was the ideal person who would understand him and give him the criticism necessary for his evolution.
During the past ten years, Z kept a low profile with rare appearances on projects, preferring to reinforce his own artistic personality. He is now ready to show the world what he is worth with his first project More Than Snails And Lights available for free at www.parisismycity.com.
After all these years during which he was building a foundation, Z is now ready to meet his public, to inspire confidence and to shake things up. Blessed with 3 cultures Z feels he can bring something refreshing to the Hip Hop game and also wants the world to recognize the urban side of Paris.