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The Cape Cod Human Rights Commission recently hosted their Human Rights Academy for high school 3828613012?profile=originalstudents, hosted at Cape Cod Academy. Students from 11 of the fourteen public and private high schools on Cape Cod participated. This year the keynote speaker was Hip-Hop Jazz artist, ZYG 808 who performed his song "Insanity" and delivered a rousing keynote speech on the importance of leveling the social playing field to achieve effective human rights work by recognizing and eradicating the socially e

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SixTwoSeven officially formed in 2016 after "illfunk" Greg Bilderback, had been pushing the Self-Produced Demo "Allow me for a moment...if you will...to be Frank" on the web for several years. The demo, featuring 7 songs recorded and played entirely by Bilderback (Greg) himself, began gaining moderate notoriety online, and that prompted him to put together a live show line up featuring “MK Ultra” Mike Knapp on Bass. By March 2016 the band was playing as a 3 piece and performing live shows all ov

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Zyg%2Bsolo%2Bon%2Bbench%2Bpr.jpgGrammy nominated Hip-Hop Jazz artist and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Member, The ZYG 808 Delivered the keynote speech and performed for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Native American Heritage Luncheon.

A large room full of MassDOT employees and members of the general public gathered for the Native American Heritage Month Luncheon and Presentation at the DOT building in Downtown Boston, last Monday, November 19, 2018. This years keynote speaker: 15 year-old, Grammy nominated hip-h

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Grammy nominated Hip-Hop Jazz Artist, The ZYG 808 demonstrates that he embraces more than the musical styl3828607969?profile=original of the conscious hip-hop era, through community involvement and artisitc collaboration.

"Hip-Hop, started out in the park..." is a famous line from songs by both MC Shan and Lauren Hill. Hip-Hop was born as a community activity on August 11, 1973 in the Bronx when a DJ called Kool Herc threw a back to school party in the community room at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. Around the same time, former warlo

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Soul Poets Records releases E.P. by Hip Hop Jazz Percussionist & MC The ZYG 808 a week after the debut of his Music Video "The Concerto".
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BOSTON - "At The Party" by The ZYG 808 is an EP that is being heralded as one of the upcoming generations re-embracing of true Hip-hop, goes live on all download and streaming music services today. Offering a small taste of what's in store on the young Emcee's album "The Intro" slated for release in 2019.

"At The Party" features three songs, "The Concerto", "I
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The ZYG 808's debut music video, "The Concerto" premieres on YouTube on August 29th at 8 pm. The video features appearances by other rising hip-hop artists of the region.

Join Soul Poets Records and LM3 as we celebrate the online premiere of the debut music video, "The 3828606878?profile=originalConcerto" by The ZYG 808. August 29th at 8PM on The ZYG 808's YouTube channel.

"The Concerto" music video includes appearance by up and coming Hip-Hop artists of the region. Folks who attended SXSW in Texas or the Hampton Beach Fe

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New debut single by Hip-hop Jazz artist, The ZYG 808 goes live on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming and download services Wednesday, July 25th.

Bronx, NY - Gaining much positive attention from reviewers, club and podcast DJs, "The Concerto" by The ZYG 808 is poised to go live on streaming and download music services this coming Wednesday. The day of the release, The ZYG 808 will be on the road with The GroovaLottos and The Phunk Hits 2018 summer tour where The ZYG 808 has been building a steady

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Some of the original venues to present Hip-hop include Block Parties and community events. In this tradition, The ZYG 808 brings his sound and message to the people on The Phunk Hits 2018 summer tour.

Last Saturday was the "4 Corners Day" celebration in Dorchester, MA, a family oriented event for the community held in Mother's Rest Park. The next day was an outdoor performance in Lopes Square in Provincetown, where a crowd gathered to hear the young MC flex his style. This coming Saturday,  it's

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15 year-old Hip-Hop Jazz Artist co-founds record label focusing on Hip-Hop, Break-Beats, and 3828606298?profile=originalDance Music, as he prepares for the release of his debut solo project, "The Concerto" as well as other upcoming projects on the table.

"Y'all out here still takin' advances, huh? Me and my ni--as takin' real chances, uh..." -'The Story of OJ' by Jay-Z

CAPE COD - In the movie "Get On Up" James Brown explains that there are two parts to Show Business: there is the show and there is the business. While most
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As Mumble and Emo Rap are being touted as the sound of a new hip-hop generation, the same generation struggles to rise from the record industry imposed monolithic pigeon hole of banal music.

Sitting in the control room at Area Twenty-Two, listening to the post 3828606205?profile=originalmastering session playback of the various mixes of "The Concerto", The ZYG 808 realizes that he is entering the game with a very distinctive sound and style, that especially stands out from many of his contemporaries. "Everybody's trying t

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Hip-Hop Jazz Artist The ZYG 808 looks at the summer ahead as a featured artist on The Phunk 3828605841?profile=originalHits 2018 tour and working on his debut album, "The Intro".

Playing four shows in a row is a sign of things to come for The ZYG 808, as this past week was Haley House Bakery on Thursday, Southport on Friday, Dedham Square Coffeehouse on Saturday, and the Hyannis Open Street Festival on Sunday afternoon. "I didn't even bother taking my drums out of Pop's trunk." explained the soon-to-be 15 year-old percussi

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There's a party going on in Dedham!!! The Coffeehouse Soul Sessions will be the after-party for the "Show Em Whatcha Got!" road show event. The show starts at 8pm in the Dedham Square Coffeehouse, 565 High Street in Dedham, MA.3828605474?profile=original

Historic happenings are in store at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse this coming Saturday, where Coffeehouse Soul Sessions will be the after-party for the Hip-Hop Road Show, inviting veteran MCs to take the mic and rock with the band. Showtime starts at 8pm. DSCH is located a

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A recent presentation by noted physicist and musician, Dr Stephon Alexander at UMass Dartmouth included a performance by The ZYG 808.

Although the arts and sciences are considered opposite ends of the academic spectrum, the interconnection between music, math and science is virtually inarguable. At a recent panel discussion in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T Carney Library at UMass Dartmouth, comprised of physicist and musician, Stephon Alexander and noted playwright, media artist, and mus

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The Phunk Hits 2018 summer concert tour schedule has been published with
additional dates to come throughout the eastern region. The kick-off show will be in Worcester, MA

Summer is coming and so is the The Phunk Hits 2018 summer street concert tour, featuring The GroovaLottos and The ZYG 808. Song Keepers, LTD has announced that the tour is set to kick off on May 26 in Worcester and is running until October 14th, hitting parks, street corners, and a few indoor venues throughout Massachusetts, N

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Hip-Hop Jazz Percussionist struts his stuff and wins first place in the Mashpee Middle High School Talent Show. Performs song from upcoming album.

When you're 14 years old and have already headlined three jazz festivals, performed for crowds of 48,000 people and spent your last summer on tour as opposed to cutting lawns, a high school talent show might seem a bit passé, but not for The ZYG 808. When notices for auditions went up he jumped at the opportunity.

Mashpee Middle High School held it's ta

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Among the various jazz and fusion drummers who have influenced The ZYG 808, the style and career3828603970?profile=original of John Blackwell, Jr had a considerable influence on the child prodigy's own development.

One night while performing with The GroovaLottos, The ZYG 808 took to the drum kit to perform "Baychester Ave", and instrumental jazz piece that he co-composed with his father, Mwalim. Before rolling into the up-tempo, Latin-influenced groove, he announced that he  to dedicate this performance to the late John B

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Episode 3: Mwalim pays tribute to Women's History Month, discusses the importance of parental involvement in the education process, a bit of the Louis Apollon Band, the Mass Hip-hop Archive, and a performance by The ZYG.
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As a performer and historian, The ZYG attends historic event, kicking of the collecting of memorabilia and memories of the Hip-Hop movements growth and development in Massachusetts, parallel to the New York scene.3828603323?profile=original

Part of being a Griot is being a historian and keeper of information about those things that led to the present. After absorbing the available history of Hip-hop in the Bronx, the next logical step was to look at Hip-hop's evolution in cities like Boston, where it's contributions and in

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Hip-hop Jazz Percussionist & MC, The ZYG performs in Boston for the

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 Annual Prince Hall BlackHistory Month Program, bringing socially conscious hip-hop to a appreciative audience.

It was the talents of the upcoming generation was highlighted at the Annual Black History Month event, hosted by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. About 200 community people filled the William E. Reed Auditorium in Dorchester on Sunday, February 25, and were treated to dance performances by Area 51, Chance Da

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The spirit energy that fueled Hip-hop can be found in the

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 parks of The Bronx. The ZYG pays a visit to his musical roots and talks about the African, African American, and Caribbean oral and musical traditions that are at the roots of rap music.

BRONX, NY - Standing in Devoe Park, The ZYG finds himself literally at one of the significant crossroads ofHip-hop, where Sedewick Avenue and Fordam Road intersect. Many years ago in this same spot, Hip-hop pioneers like Grandmaster Caz, and DJ Whiz manned

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