Zoe is all about making a signature hip hop sound.
though he’s got plenty of love for the genre’s stars including Lil’ Wayne and
T.I., not to mention Young Jeezy who he replaced in Boyz N Da Hood – this guy’s
no follower. “I really don’t want to make copycat music and that’s what a lot
of these group and artists are doing,” said the Atlanta rapper just before the March 17
release of Don’t Feed Da Animals. “I
really don’t want to do it. I refuse to do it. If there’s gonna be a fan base
it’s gonna be of people that like my music, like me. I’m nobody else.”
sophomore disc, that means leaving the political debates to Jay-Z and company.
Zoe’s canvas is more about the ‘hood and riches of women, cars and plenty of
bling. But wait – Zoe doesn’t just extol the high life; he often takes a long,
even unsettling look, at it. Consider “Lost,” the album’s first single in which
he and featured guest Lil’ Wayne sing about the trappings of celebrity. “I’m
lost on a road/but survival is a must/not sure who I can trust.” For a 28-year
old guy who has hit it big and now says people are coming out of the woodwork
for cash, this hits close to home.
about the equally haunting “Echo” that talks about being alone only to reach
out and have no one there. Pretty powerful stuff. That’s not to say every song
on this CD is some sort of musical poetry. “Dope Boy” – heavy on “bitches in
the ‘hood – and “Hood Clap” – “If you’re hood and ya know it, clap your hands,”
are a throwback to the uglier, baser sounds of some hip hop.
what you will, Zoe does have a signature sound that could well become a
powerful voice in the genre.
Standout Tracks: “Lost,”
“Echo” NANCY DUNHAM