Get familiar with super group G4L. LiL RAFE, Wavii BaBii, ZY Guuwop, RELLEO and SoDAN’s signature sound started a wave in Southside, Queens that is flooding the streets!
Musical engineer turned rapper, ZY Guuwop, is the latest member of G4L (GUUWOP 4 Life) to release a solo project. “I started out making beats and producing for my G4L bros. During our studio sessions I would help out with verses and flows while I created the beats, but I wasn’t rapping. Then one day I decided to pick up a pen and paper…it was history from there.”
The ups and downs of everyday life inspire ZY’s music. “Life for a young black man in ameriKKKa is difficult. My generation needs to be heard. We need a way to creatively express ourselves in order to deal with life and that’s what music does for me. I love music! But if I wasn’t a part of G4L, I’d still be grinding and finding different ways to feed my daughter and my family.”
ZY adds another set of skills to the already talented clique. “My style is organic and very versatile. See, in music there is no right or wrong, so when I’m in the studio I get comfortable and I get creative. I can easily switch my flow to match any track so I’m able to make a variety of songs. Some are uptempo, some slow tempo, but they all fire!”
He is proud to be a part of the Hip-Hop culture and shows his gratitude by creating authentic music that comes from his heart. “I speak the truth on my tracks, no cap. Certain rappers are talking about bullshit! I’m talking about reality, real shit me and my bros experience. My music sheds light on the struggle of poverty and other traumatizing scenarios that are going on in our black neighborhoods.”
When asked about his view on the current state of Hip-Hop, ZY had this to say, “There’s a lot of people trynna be a part of the Hip-Hop culture because it’s currently the number one genre in music. Not all of the artists are in it for the right reasons. Not us though, G4L really does this.”
He draws musical influence from LiL Durk, G Herbo, Roddy Rich and JADAKISS, all artists who exude realness. “My goal as an artist is to be genuine. I want my people and the fans to understand and respect why I make music and what message I’m trying to send them through my songs.”
ZY Guuwop dropped his debut solo project, “LANE SWITCHING” on October 8th. It contains 11 tracks of heatery, including guest appearances from G4L member LiL RAFE and Gunna Gang capo, BENJI.
The first two tracks introduce ZY’s undeniable flow and set the tone for the rest of the tape. Track 1,”Intro Big Guuwop Freestyle“, is a sturdy freestyle filled with bravado, followed by track 2, “FN 57“, featuring BENJI. On this dope collabo ZY sets it off…“Ride on my wave you gon’ float to the surface, drip when I walk I don’t do it on purpose …“, then BENJI moves in, “Sink ships when they cross boarders, now they crashed like the wrong course. Need the mansion with the ball court, shot some nighas for a small cost.” Umm, it ain’t safe in Southside if you got weak raps!
“Lane Switching” is currently streaming on all digital music platforms…iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Pandora etc…Stream this project, it will not disappoint!
Go follow ZY Guuwop and his music on Instagram @zyguuwop