- Im Zooted
Refreshing, is a word used often to describe the music of 20 year old Rapper, Songwriter, and Engineer, “Zoo!”, born on the eastside of Buffalo, NY, known for its high crime rate. At a young age, Zoo’s mother, in an attempt to escape an abusive relationship with his father, relocated the family to Portsmouth, VA to live with his uncle. Once on her feet, she moved the family to Chesapeake, where a young Zoo found his love for music. While his mother was working two jobs to support the family, Zoo was being babysat by local artist "Kenny Kenny" and looked up to him like the big brother he never had. Kenny, being an artist himself, would take the time to work on his music while he was babysitting and Zoo would watch in amazement wanting to learn how to rap himself. At age 9, the family relocated to another area in the city and by 12, Zoo was ready to show off his skills to his peers by battling. From the start, he was already ahead of all the other young rappers. This was a result of his dedication and constant practice of this craft over the years. Known for his witty and humorous punch lines, Zoo easily defeated all of his opponents and was ready to take things to another level. He linked with other local rapper and friend Marc, who at the time was the only one recording his music. They formed the group "Gutta Boyz" and the two soon parted ways and Zoo went on to work on his music solo. Learning to record his own music from Marc, by the age of 14 he was ready to release his mixtape around school. Around this time, Zoo was affiliated with a crew called "SoundSquad" which was lead by friend and producer Majik. As he progressed, Zoo continued to get better with his music and was so focused on pursuing in his music career he graduated high school at the age of 16 so he could focus. Zoo wanted a new surrounding, so he relocated to Orlando, FL for college. Going to School and working full time took away from the time with his music which led him to move back to VA after graduating with his Associates degree in Computer Networking and Security. Now back in Va he is ready to take his career to the next level....