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Gorilla Zoe
Welcome to the Zoo

gorillazoe.jpgBlock Entertainment has proven to be an entity that can break new artists. The label made Boyz N Da Hood hometown heroes and molded potential one-hit wonder Yung Joc into a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, Forbes-list rapper. Now, after a year-plus of mixtape training, BNTH’s newest recruit, Gorilla Zoe, looks to add to that lineage with his solo debut, Welcome to the Zoo.

On the Drumma Boy–produced “Do Something,” Zoe wastes no time making his stance clear, when he blasts, “You don’t like me? Like what I say?/Fuck ya, I’ma say it anyway.” In a recurring theme, the ATLien does a good job masking cliché with grown-man sensibility on the string-heavy “Real Motherfucka,” featuring fluid performances from his Boyz N Da Hood brethren. He does the same marching on Dee Jay Dana’s military drumrolls for “Battle Field,” using street-life-equals-war-zone narratives to make up for the faux T-Pain hook.

Unfortunately, Gorilla throws a monkey wrench in his trap jam with a barrage of frivolous fare. The Yung Joc–assisted “Juice Box” is a stale vagina monologue draped in crassness, like, “Ménagin’ with ya boy, tryna drink my unborn/Lickin’ on each other, acrobatics with they tongue.” And the synth-filled “Lil Shawty” suffers from beat dyslexia and an atrocious hook.
Zoe returns to his natural habitat on “I Know,” where he delivers notable parables that evoke memories of Biggie’s “Juicy” (“When I was young, we shot ball in the milk crates/Now we full-court press on my own estate”). Then, on “Last Time I Checked,” the gravelly voiced rapper goes apeshit on Hollywood rappers who “hide behind a chain and a nickname.”

Although dope-selling capers like “Money Man” and “Tryna Make a Jug” don’t offer up anything new lyrically, Zoe is a bona fide movement by himself. Proof lies in catchy street odes such as the Jody Breeze–guested “Crack Muzik (This That Muzik)” and the bouncy “Hood Nigga.” Based on Welcome to the Zoo, Block is gonna stay hot. —MAURICE G. GARLAND

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  • D.R.A.M.A

    i like dis dudes flo….. but his lyrics are average as hell

  • jay

    how on earth does someone like this get a deal? one of the wackest dudes out.

  • sean_izzle

    he is truly wack but thats not a big surprise
    but he has dope beats spec, Hood Nigga

  • barbarian at the gate

    Jesus, what a face & scowl.

    Everyone’s worst nightmare, hypothetically speaking, of what they could run into in the prison shower-room.

    • M.PAIN

      NIGGA YOU A BITCH. I BET YOU FROM NEW YORK OR L.A. AIN’T CHA YOU PUSSY MUHFUCKA YOU. STAY OFF THE SOUTH CAUSE WE TIRED OF BEING IN YOU NIGGAS MOUTH 4 REAL. ZOE BETTER THAN YOU BITCH. AND I’M FROM HOUSTON,TEXAS MY NAME PAUL YOUNGBLOOD SO IF YOU CATCH FEELINGS CATCH A FLIGHT PUSSY ASS NIGGA. FUCKING barbara at the gate.

      • M.PAIN = HOMO

        Nigga, you whack as fuck. Houston, Texas don’t got shit on that 253. With a name like Paul Youngblood, I bet you’re the hardest mother fucker to come out the south. Nigga get on your knees and swallow a million of my babies. You want me to come to your “hood” then give me a fucking address. You want to give me a call? 253.324.9316. Make your fucking day. I’ll be glad to come see you. I’ll come alone, drive to your turf and fill all your whack ass white boy homies with lead. Watch what you fuckin say potnah, cuz I’ll show up at your door ready to scrap. You DON’T want that. I’ll start a fucking epidemic.

  • KEWB

    I just gotta say, I could not disagree more with the harsh critisism he gave Lil Shawty. Then again, I love synths, so maybe that’s just me. Anyway, I agree that his lyrics are pretty much average, but his flow and the beats pretty much make up for it IMHO.

  • N.O. 4 life

    im tired of these same type of rappers coming out every year…no disrespect to dude but he is boring…what am i gonna get listening to someone who calls himself gorilla zoe?

  • Brooklyn

    Why did he make the cover of last issue? Leader of the New School?

  • 40/40

    WACK AS FUCK ALL THE WAY GARBAGE 4 REAL. BLOCK ENT HAS FLOPPED 3TIMES BACK TO BACK TO BACK NOW

  • Gangster J

    Goriila Zoe is cocksucker bitch

  • You Dont Care

    Its funny I like the Gorilla Zoe CD and all I’m hearing is guys asking “how this guy get a record deal” and “his beats are wack” Well then i guess all those guys must be producers right Oh wait a minute there just some fake as wannabes that cant make and probably never will. If his shits wack then please tell smart guys why do you here about him every where you go then so to all the haters FUCK YOU!!!!

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  • Colli Park kang

    That “Money Man” track go realll hard..about time somebody from the A put out a solid album

  • peoples

    FUCK all u punk ass haters Z.O.E is the shit an u know it but that al right yall bicthis any way

  • DJ Quet

    Gorilla zoe’s intro has gotta be the intro of the year,,,drumma boy got down on dat beat….label drumma boy beatmaker of the year….zoe comin wit on the gangsta rap status…watch out t.i. jeezy,boosie,weezy,rick ross

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  • PAUL YOUNGBLOOD

    HERE GO THESE LIL HOE ASS EAST COAST WEST COAST NIGGAS HATING ON THE SOUTH AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. YOU LIL DICKSUCKAS NEED GET OFF OUR TIP CAUSE YOUR JAWS GOTTA BE ACHING BY NOW. WHO THE FUCK YALL GOT THAT COME LIKE THE SOUTH DO….NOBODY THATS WHO. AND ONLY A LIL BITCH NIGGA WOULD BE TALKING WHAT YOU SEE IN THE PRISON SHOWER barbara at the gate. PLEASE GET OFF OUR DICK AND WORRY BOUT YOUR OWN WACK ASS ARTISTS. EVEN JAY AND 50 SUCKING RIGHT NOW.