Today we are chilling it with a new up and coming rapper named Zeal Static.
HipHopLEAD: How did you come up with the name?
Zeal Static: I wanted my alias to match my character, being an eager person and being straight out there, ZEAL just became a part of me. And as for STATIC, static electricity, causing static, its just what I do.
HipHopLEAD: One of your favorite sayings is “Keep It Real” …. if that is the case how do you feel when you see a Plies or Rick Ross on your tv screen?
Zeal Static: Keeping it real to me means, staying true to ones self or to reality. I can look deep in side my soul and find myself and say I am not a faker.
A lot of the rappers these days aren’t true to them selves, their loyalty lies with money. So if a rapper who says he’s a gangsta, a killer or a drug dealer and all he is just a studio rapper, thats who this term “Keep It Real” don’t apply to.
It only applies to rappers who grew up hard who lived a thug life, a hard life, broke and talks about his experience in life and where his at.
Its like if you went to jail for the choices in life you made or are still living and are rapping about it, thats Keeping It Real.
As far as Rick Ross and Plies goes I don’t know their history or hung out with em, so I cant comment on them, but I will say what ever they portray on TV, the kids will pick it up, even if its a fad life.
HipHopLEAD: When will you make the transition from Australia to the Us hiphop scene?
Zeal Static: I always have tried to be part of the US Hip Hop scene, if you look into some of my past mix-tape features, like Coast 2 Coast Mix-tapes, Underground Hustlin Mix-Tapes and most recently Unsigned On The Grind, it shows I am not new to this, but as far as main stream goes, I am still trying to get more exposure. I have only been in the Australian hip hop scene for a few years and still building a base, so the transition could be just around the corner.
HipHopLEAD: What is the hiphop scene like over there compared to on US soil?
Zeal Static: Well the scene here has definitely exploded since Eminem’s popular movie “8 mile”, just as how it has given many white rappers in America a direction, so it has done the same down here.
See unlike America, where rap music is mostly dominated by niggaz, down here it seems to be the opposite, but unlike rap in America where it is at main stream level, it is not the same case here, a lot of people still haven’t caught on with the rap movement.
Even though we don’t have like a “50cent” or a “Jayz” down here, we are still having concerts from rappers like “Bonethugs, Snoop Dogg, The Outlawz and many more…..
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences to get into music?
Zeal Static: My influences were rappers like Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS-One, NWA, Digital Underground, Queen Latifah, Naughty By Nature, 2pac and a lot of the west coast and east coast rappers. Also I remember my high school days me and my homies would bust a freestyle, enter school comps or talent quests, so all these elements and experience put me in place.
HipHopLEAD: What projects have you released to date?
Zeal Static: I have released several singles for promotional purposes and recently in June 2010 I have released my debut mix-tape “Tha Underground Railroad Mix-tape Vol 1″.
HipHopLEAD: Are you on a label?
Zeal Static: I am not on a label, I am independent, but I am looking to form my own label, which I am already representing.
HipHopLEAD: Any new projects coming out? Any features?
Zeal Static: Some project I am working on at the moment is my second mix-tape album “Tha Underground Railroad Mix-tape Vol 2″, which will be on a major scale, bringing together artists from USA, UK, AUS & NZ, also a feature from a legendary rapper and it will be hosted by a major DJ from USA.
Also I will be releasing my video clip and single, I am also working on my debut album.
HipHopLEAD: How do you like the response you received on Tha Underground Railroad Mix-tape Vol 1”, which by the way was hosted by non-other DJ Nino Brown?
Zeal Static: I was overwhelmed by the response I received on the release of ” Tha Underground Railroad Mix-tape Vol 1″, much appreciation all those who took time to download and listen to the album, it was a success.
HipHopLEAD: When you speak of “keeping it real” …do you think it is a contradiction working with a DJ named Nino Brown? (Nino Brown was the fictional character in New Jack City. He played a highly recognized drug kingpin.) DJ’s aren’t usually known for being in the drug business and people might think that is a character resemblance and a contradiction.
Zeal Static: As far as I am concerned, everybody want’s attention, so if you choose a name like that, it will give you attention, like on the other hand you got, rapper Scarface, who got his name from watching the movie “Scarface”, but he aint acting like the character, now, I have met DJ Nino Brown, the dude is down to earth, cool and caring.
I mean even if i affiliate my self with people who are pushing their image, by something thats not them, I dont have control over their image, but I have to make sure that I uphold my values, when I am doing me, that is keeping real to myself.
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm.We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you.So lets get it cracking … Which is one of the best years for hiphop music in your opinion?
Zeal Static: There were a few good years of hip hop, like when Rakim stepped on the mic, it was over and when NWA came out with the real shit, they killed it, cuz they are the ones who stepped up and said “**** it”, we gonna change the game.
I would be listening to Big Daddy Kane and it will take me back to when brothers were just trying to out do each other, you know, the lyrics, the flow and the talent, those were the golden era of hip hop.
HipHopLEAD: Kanye West the producer or Kanye West the rapper?
Zeal Static: Honestly, I dont feel Kanye, I dont listen to Kanye, even though I did a remix of one of his song for the mix-tape. Actually I saw a Youtube of him and Mosdef freestyling and man I give props to my man Mos, thats all.
HipHopLEAD: If you had to live through a natural disaster ..what would it be? landslide or forest fire?
Zeal Static: I hope i don’t have to live through either of those, after all the tragedy thats happening in the world, i pray to god I don’t see that day.
HipHopLEAD: Is Jay Z a Mason?
Zeal Static: I have got no clue, but since an answer is required i would say, move your attention from Jayz to the White House.
HipHopLEAD: Are lyrics more important to you .. or a dope beat?
Zeal Static: Freestyling is accapella and some cats can really pull you in with their lyrics and flow, but accapella dont make money, so you need a dope beat to go with it, other wise this industry wouldn’t be where it is now, so i say we need both.
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm… Its credible that you are open with just being you in music. Finding originality and people that keep it real is hard to find nowerdays. Do you think not having a street background or a jail record that this will help or hurt you?
Zeal Static: Now I dont glorify the gangsta, thug life, cuz i tell you how it is. I have had many run ins with the authority, you know everybody did something in their past life, if you wana talk bout it, fine, but when i talk about my experience and what I went through I like to give options, like you could follow those rappers who talk about selling drugs, shooting and killing or you can change your situation, cuz like in the movie, where those characters end up, might happen to you as well.
Stereo-typical views by some is that if you dont cuss, talk gangsta, then your a punk, but I am not a punk, I am a man and I can handle business like a man, but I am not gonna start rapping like I slang or bang.
HipHopLEAD: Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
Zeal Static: Rather then a song I would ask the viewers to check out “Tha Underground Railroad Mix-tape Vol 1″, they’ll definitely like it.
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever
Zeal Static: I would like to give shout outs to DJ Nino Brown, DJ Elvin Remix, ma homie Daz and Truth, Soul-star, Ace I, ma family and all the fans, “Keep It Real”.