"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 warlord of The Black Spades -one of New York City's biggest street gangs- formed an organization called the ZULU Nation with the goals of social, cultural and intellectual development of young people through hip-hop culture.
Socially conscious Hip-Hop was The ZYG 808's introduction to the industry, making his debut on the anti-opioid anthem by Soul Poet's Syndicate, "FLIPPIN" which was a top nominee for best music video in the 2018 Native American Music Awards. Starting in the summer of 2017, it became a common sight to find The ZYG 808 unloading and setting up his cocktail drum set at community events as well as rallies addressing various social issues, where he not only performed but also spoke on the various issues.
Currently he is collaborating in the creation and development of a Hip-Hop Jazz Theatre piece, "Explanation: Black Squirrels, At The Party, & Other Tales" which will begin touring libraries in New England in the Spring.
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